European Union to have a single telecom services market by 2014
On 11 September, the European Commission vice-president and EU digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes, revealed a new reform package for telecommunications services. The legislation is intended to enable a single market for telecoms services in the EU in order to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and restore Europe’s leading role in mobile technology.
Although good progress has been made by the EU on the basic broadband goals implemented in the Digital Agenda, the European Commission has said that more needs to be done to ensure wider access to faster broadband speeds. The most recent score card for the Digital Agenda shows that the EU has met just half of its 101 goals (including near-universal access to basic broadband).
While 54 per cent of EU residents can access broadband at speeds of more than 30Mbps, only two per cent of EU households have broadband at more than 100Mbps — a long way from the target of 50 per cent by 2020. It is estimated that between €100bn (£84bn) and €270bn (£226bn) (based on variables such as technologies and timescales) is needed to roll out high-speed internet throughout Europe…
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