GSMA Warns of a Need to Reform European Laws

GSMA Warns of a Need to Reform European Laws

The GSMA believes that critical reform of European laws is necessary to position the region as a technology frontrunner by 2030. The association claims that the advantage had been lost due to various barriers to digitalization.

Barriers to the growth and competitiveness of the telecoms sector in the EU have hindered the progress of the digital economy, the GSMA stated. It highlighted a need to address systemic challenges around market fragmentation, regulation, and investment, and called on EU politicians to embrace a new digital infrastructure framework that promotes financial input and market harmony.

Laszlo Toth, head of Europe and CIS at the industry association, said that the urgent action to secure the continent’s digital future has never been more imperative, as the region faces significant geopolitical, economic, and societal shifts. “This manifesto represents a commitment to partnership and progress, laying the groundwork for Europe to reclaim its position as a global leader in digital technology and innovation,” added Toth.

The GSMA argued an overhaul is required to deliver universal 5G coverage in Europe by 2030, highlighting the achievements of mobile sector initiatives covering factories, farming, and city management in terms of fuelling economic growth and sustainability. It recommended EU politicians take action around spectrum costs and availability, leveling the regulatory playing field and updating historically based rules to reflect current realities.