Brussels, 22 July 2014
New report on state of EU Telecommunications markets
Today the European Commission published a report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU. The report covers 2012 – 2013 years.
The main findings of the report:
Vice-President of the European Commission @NeelieKroesEU said: "We are clearly still a long way from a real single market. We need to cut red tape and we need more consistent regulatory action at both national and EU levels to build up that single market. A quick implementation of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive will contribute to this objective but there is more to do."
The report also found that access to a passive telecommunication infrastructure is fragmented, complex and cumbersome in some Member States, including Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Luxemburg, Malta, and Poland.
Substantial differences exist between the Member States regarding wholesale charges for number portability, i.e. the cost charged to a competitor for transferring a subscriber's number.
The majority of European countries have established broadband plans (with the exception of Greece, Romania and Cyprus, which are in the process of finalising their broadband plans); funding for the national broadband projects vary considerably (e.g. via national public funds in the form of State Aid or from the EU Structural Funds).
The report covers a variety of regulatory issues: market regulation, broadband plans and financing, national regulatory authorities, authorisation, spectrum management, rights of way and access to passive infrastructure, access and interconnection, consumer issues, universal service and net neutrality. These issues are described in the context of market developments, competitiveness and digital agenda targets. The report covers the period from January 2012 till December 2013.