Following the release of a statement from 16 major European telecom operators calling on the biggest traffic generators to contribute fairly to the costs they currently impose on European networks, the mobile industry trade body has added its voice to the debate.
“Mobile is one of the greatest technological achievements of all time, making a significant socio-economic contribution to every country. A robust and resilient digital infrastructure is in every country’s national interest,” he says. .
“The volume of data traversing telecommunications networks is growing exponentially as more people take advantage of high-speed connectivity and demand for data-rich digital content, such as streaming video, proliferates. Remarkably, more than half of all internet traffic today is generated by just six global internet companies,” he notes.
To cope with growing flows of digital traffic and maintain service performance, mobile operators must constantly invest – to expand their network capacity, close coverage gaps and deploy new technologies,” the report says.
“Depending on the circumstances of each market, industry-specific regulatory and tax requirements, such as asymmetric regulatory obligations, industry-specific taxes and fees, network deployment costs and restrictions, combined with market imbalances throughout of the digital value chain, put additional pressure on operators. investments to maintain, expand and evolve their networks to meet customer expectations and achieve broader public policy goals,” he advises.
“All segments of the Internet ecosystem should have the opportunity to generate fair revenues in a competitive market. Industry leaders, stakeholders and policy makers must engage in dialogue where this is not happening , to ensure that regulatory asymmetry, market distortions or other factors do not limit this ability, and that the right incentives for investment in digital infrastructure are in place to support the long-term growth of ecosystem,” he says.
“Different approaches may be appropriate in different markets to address any market imbalance; however, the ultimate goal is nevertheless the same: to provide and sustain digital connectivity – for everyone – for decades to come,” he concludes.