EU Digital Single Market: We must create an environment that incentivises telcos to invest, says KPMG

EC's plan to create EU Digital Single Market

David Thomas, Partner in KPMG’s telecoms team comments on the European Commission's (EC) plans to create a Digital Single Market

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Commenting on the European Commission's (EC) plans to create a Digital Single Market, David Thomas, Partner in KPMG’s telecoms team said:

“We need to create an environment that incentivises the big digital infrastructure providers to make significant investments in what is an essential utility in our working and personal lives.  The EC’s proposals to undertake an ambitious overhaul of the telecoms regulatory framework have the potential to play a crucial role in this, although at the moment all we have seen are media-friendly sound bites about creating a level playing field, rather than any concrete measures.

“However, the large telecoms network providers will be particularly happy to see ‘a comprehensive assessment of the role of platforms’, which suggests that the EC acknowledges there could be a problem to be addressed here.

“The broad range of topics the EC is poised to assess, including data security, geo-blocking, e-commerce, and the free flow of data illustrates the plethora of issues the telecoms and media industry is tackling. As always, the devil will be in the detail, but overall these proposals are an important step forward and will be welcomed by the telecoms industry.”



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