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By Quentin Capelle September 26, 2013
The European Commission has tabled a new package of proposed legislative measures governing the EU telecoms market. The proposals are designed to speed up the arrival of 4 and 5G, get rid of roaming charges, and guarantee Internet neutrality.
The European telecoms market is too fragmented: this is the unambiguous view of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. With over 120 telecoms operators in the European Union, the region comes off badly from a direct comparison with the United States, where major providers such as T-Online and Verizon Wireless have succeeded in virtually dominating the market. With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Finnish manufacturer’s Nokia's device and services division the issue of an EU telecoms strategy has again come to the fore. Accordingly, the Commission has now proposed an EU Regulation designed to create a harmonised European market, but what does that mean exactly? While the legislative provisions certainly seem to offer substantial benefits to the consumer, they nevertheless run the risk of undermining the business structure of some telecoms operators.