|Is the Telecoms Reform Package One Step Closer?|
The EU ‘Telecoms Reform Package’ is gathering pace after the EU Parliament voted in favour of most of its proposals, including the formation of a powerful new telecom regulator called BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications).
Also within the package are reforms concerning the promotion of investments in next generation networks and infrastructure sharing where investment risks should be diversified, and the enablement of national regulators to impose functional separation of an integrated incumbent operator under ‘last resort’ exceptional measures. If enacted, both of these reforms in particular will impact the pace, extent and shape of future Europe FTTH deployments for years to come.
However, MEPs did not vote for the package as a whole and it is likely that it will now require further conciliation between the three principal EU institutions: Parliament, Commission and Council.
According to EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding, greater clarity on the matter will next be reached once the Council of Telecoms Ministers meets on June 12th to decide on next steps. “The ball is in (their) court… to decide whether or not to accept this package of reforms,” she said.
*These comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the FTTH Council Europe.