The future of TLC in Europe

According to experts and analysts, telecommunications in Europe are at a crossroads and a change is required for it to really take off. A recent ETNO report depicts an industry showing signs of recovery. But to regain its international leadership new regulations are required.

The ETNO report

The European Telecommunications Network Operators has produced, as it does every year, a report that analyses the state of telecommunications in Europe, both in terms of network coverage and from a business point of view. The main point is that the decline of the TLC European market has slowed almost to a stop, and from next year it should start to grow again. Investments have injected new life into the sector, and the mobile market, notwithstanding a slight downturn, has performed better than other areas.

America looks to Europe

The Key4Biz Portal reports the opinion of the Wall Street Journal on the TLC sector in Europe. According to the influential American newspaper, European telecommunications should try to achieve a true single market, a goal that has been announced but never pursued. The American experts blame the inconsistent and unclear approach of Brussels that with every change of Commission seems to modify its approach toward the TLC world. 

Single market regulations

The main WSJ criticism of Europe is the lack of a true single market, whereas, CERRE (Centre on Regulation in Europe), points to the fragmentation of the regulations. In fact, on the Key4Biz website there is an article on a study of the centre, according to which the future of TLC in Europe is at risk because of the lack of a single regulatory framework covering internet, audiovisual media and electronic communications. The solution, according to the Centre, is to provide one regulatory framework for digital infrastructures and another regulatory framework for services.