The wheels come off the telecoms gravy train in Europe does not do justice to the normally good reporting by telecomtv.com
I reproduce a comment from David Harrington below on the original article(I agree with David’s comment). The emphasis is mine. It is sad that telecomtv.com wrote this and as David said, the article might well have been written by Deutsche Telekom or France Telecom, or another of the unreconstructed monopolists in the EU
Martyn – I cant let this go. Your piece might have been written by Deutsche Telekom or France Telecom, or another of the unreconstructed monopolists in the EU. What the Commission was trying to do was to progress the single market in telecoms services, so that EU business consumers can better compete globally with the likes of their US couterparts. For example, Fiat has over 800 contracts throughout the EU in order to run a telecoms service for its external offices and dealerships. A US car manufacturer needs only a handful to do the same thing in its home market. And given that most of the EU incumbents are owned at least in part by their governments, and those same governments appoint and control their regulators, wouldnt it make sense to set up even a quasi-independent regulatory authority to ensure everyone applies and plays by the rules? I think youve overlooked the huge lobbying effort that the entrenched incumbents have been pouring into the Parliament over the past year. Whatever next? – will you be opposing reductions in international roaming rates?
Correction: In the original post, I mistakenly said ‘telecoms.com’ which is incorrect. The site is http://web20.telecomtv.com/. My apologies!