Commission opens public consultation on how to reduce the cost of rolling out high speed internet
PRESS RELEASE DG INFSO
(27 April 2012) High-speed Internet underpins all sectors of the economy and will be the backbone of the Digital Single Market. For every 10% increase in the broadband penetration the economy grows by 1 to 1.5%. In this context the European Commission is seeking views on how to cut the costs of setting up new networks for high speed internet in the EU. In particular, the Commission wants to explore how to reduce the costs associated with civil engineering, such as the digging up of roads to lay down fibre, and which can account for as much as 80% of the total cost. The Commission believes it could cut the cost of broadband investments by a quarter. Input is sought from all interested public and private parties including telecoms and utility companies for instance, investors, public authorities and consumers.
‘ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND’ – POLICY AND PRACTICE’
21st May 2012 – 9:00-18:30, Sofitel Brussels Europe
Keynote Speech by Neelie Kroes
Vice President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, European Commission
TU Delft present the findings and recommendations from their new report
Do we need industrial policy to achieve Digital Agenda targets? Will the market deliver the Commission’s broadband targets on its own or should policy-makers be more pro-active? Should we favour fibre-to-the-home or be technology neutral? Should pricing be used to incentivise investment in NGA? Should policy-makers favour “infrastructure competition” or a “one-network” approach? Delft University of Technology presents new research and other high-level stakeholders from industry and regulators debate the pros and cons of different approaches.
Access pricing and non-discrimination: How could proposed new rules from the European Commission on access pricing and non-discrimination affect ultra-fast broadband deployment
Could entrants win the fibre race?: Under what circumstances can new entrants get ahead and is the business case sustainable?
Infrastructure competition and technologies: where are the limits? Presentations on the future capabilities of fixed and mobile technologies and case studies on fibre and cable roll-out. Is infrastructure duplication a realistic and desirable objective?
Enabling fibre roll-out: financing and demand – exchange of views with equity and bond investors and infrastructure funds on factors influencing investment decisions. Are the interests of investors and consumers in conflict or can they be made to coincide?
Ownership, separation and equivalence: an assessment of outcomes achieved through different models ranging from functional separation in the UK, to “independent” utility fibre investors, to Government as the network owner to co-investment by multiple telcos.
Posted in Broadband, Competition, Digital Agenda for Europe, discussion, FTTH, Models
Tagged incumbent, national, next generation broadband, regional, strategy, superfast