CEOs of top European mobile operators call for EU policy reform ahead of 5G rollout.
19:47 20 July 2017
CEOs of KPN, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor Group, TelefoÌnica, Telecom Italia, Telekom Austria Group, Vodafone Group, Orange, and Telia Company have released an open letter to EU’s legislators calling for reform ahead of 5G rollout.
5G is the fifth-generation mobile network technology that promises significantly faster connection than the current 4G standard. It is expected to play a key role in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and in meeting the needs of new technologies. As such, companies and governments all around the world are increasingly investing in its development.
Because 5G is still under development, its regulation is also still open for discussion. Thus, CEOs of top European mobile operators have reached out to EU regulators to raise their concerns about 5G policy, which include:
· Clear provisions addressing the predictability of future rights, notably minimum license duration of 25 years coupled with a strong presumption of renewal;
· An effective and efficient peer-review mechanism to spur the sharing of best practice over award design and procedures;
· The ability to compete, innovate and differentiate through voluntary spectrum sharing;
· A fee structure that reflects efficient and effective use of the spectrum as well as coverage commitments.