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Telecom markets more competitive, but far from unified

02 июня 2010

A process to foster coordination in European Union telecommunications markets has increased competition, even though a single EU market is still far off on the horizon, the European Commission said.

The European Commission's oversight of national telecoms regulators "has guaranteed a level of consistency and predictability," said Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes in a statement, presenting a commission report on the EU telecoms market.

"However, we need more coordinated regulation to ensure harmonized implementation and proper functioning of a single EU telecoms market," she said.

Under the process, regulators must consult the commission and other national regulators before implementing their decisions. If the commission expresses serious doubts about a new measure, it can ask the regulator to amend or withdraw the proposal.

The commission report praised the increased choices and cheaper prices available to consumers since the current version of the review process was implemented in 2008. But regulators continue to diverge in their treatment of issues such as access to fiber networks, which could inhibit the rollout of future EU projects such as increased access to high-speed broadband Internet, the report warned.

Источник: Total Telecom

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