GSMA and ETNO Continue the Pressure on EU Over Network Costs
Telecom associations, the GSMA and ETNO, along with several national telecom associations, added pressure on the European Commission to encourage tech companies to contribute to deploying the infrastructure. This underpins streaming services and other data traffic.
The GSMA and ETNO called for swift intervention over the contribution US tech companies make to the region’s connectivity. The groups called for a fair contribution to the deployment of network infrastructure, especially in the context of continuous data traffic increases. In addition to GSMA and ETNO, the statement was signed by the Asociatia Operatorilor Mobili din Romania (AOMR), Czech association Asociace provozovatelu mobilnich siti (APMS), Italian group AssoTelecomunicazioni, ATI in Bulgaria, DigitalES of Spain, and the Federation Francaise des Telecoms.
The industry bodies noted telecom operators are committed to reaching targets set out in the EU Digital Decade, including the rollout of gigabit connectivity for everyone and 5G everywhere by 2030. However, they stressed such ambitions can only be attained if the responsibility is shared collectively by the entire digital ecosystem.
The European telecoms industry regularly calls on politicians to do more to encourage big tech to invest in digital infrastructure. In May, the GSMA warned market imbalances between network operators and online services providers could stall growth in several sectors of the internet-based economy. More than a dozen major European operators urged US tech giants to contribute in covering costs for deploying networks in late 2021.