#EIFasks – Very High Capacity Connectivity

– Today’s debate is entrusted
to the potential for growth and innovative services
that these networks bring. At the end of the day, quantum tech, IoT & AI will
be part of future services but they will need the
best connectivity in town. – Like any problem, it
has multiple facets, but I think some of the key
ones are, on the supply side, that we make it easier for people to invest in these networks. That’s one reason why, in addition to ensuring
the proper implementation of the Electronic Communications Code, we are looking at how to
make deployment easier and less costly. On the demand side, of course, it’s linked to all of the
many different services that are possible over these networks. The better the digital
single market works, the better there is access to data, to computing capacity to cloud, then the greater will be the
demand for these networks, and we get a virtuous circle. – There is a strong correlation between sustainability targets and connectivity. We have made a report, and that shows that if you
have 5% more connectivity, you get 1.6 less emission on CO2. That equals 450 coal plants. So there is a strong
correlation between connectivity and becoming more sustainable in Europe. – European media needs connectivity in order to make better content, but also European media is a big industry. It’s one of the flagship industries. And we need these high capacity networks in order to be able to
retain our leadership roles. So what we would like to see
is a better collaboration between the media and the telecom industry and other industries in
achieving the joint objectives. – We do face not a capacity issue, we do not face an investment issue, We certainly face practical constraints, especially concerning permits,
construction capacity, and also construction speed. And we need all the necessary
ingredients to speed this up. – I think the three issues which we face in terms of delivering Europe’s
high capacity connectivity fit into three camps. I call them the three C’s. The first one is really important, that we have strong competition. In my experience of the last 20 years, competition brings investment, and competition brings
much higher standards. Secondly, I believe that
collaboration is key. In order to get large networks
delivering high capacity, we have to collaborate as an industry. And the third one is consistency. As the CEO of a telecoms company, I don’t want to be sat in my office worrying about what are
governments thinking, or regulators thinking. I want to know there’s
consistency in thinking, consistency in policy, and particularly consistency
in allocating spectrum, so that we don’t have to spend
our time worrying about that and can plan properly
to ensure that customers get what they want.

Danny Hutson

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