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The GSMA welcomes European Commission’s White Paper on “How to master Europe’s digital infrastructure needs?”

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We welcome the publication of the European Commission’s White Paper on how to master Europe’s digital infrastructure needs, which includes a range of forward-looking options for revitalising investment in Europe’s networks. Such investment has never been a higher ...

GSMA Europe Newsletter – February 2024

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Click here to read the latest news and activities ahead of MWC24.

European business calls for deepening the EU Single Market and renewing the dynamic of European integration

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1. Redressing the cost-of-living crisis felt by EU citizen After two centuries at the vanguard of technological development and innovation, in the past two decades Europe has dramatically lost its edge. The US and China are growing faster, putting them in a pole position to ...

GSMA’s comment on the Provisional political agreement on the Gigabit Infrastructure Act

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“We recognise the hard work by European policymakers to reach agreement on the text of the Gigabit Infrastructure Act. Increasing the speed and reducing the costs of deploying network infrastructure in Europe has never been more crucial for the continent’s future ...

Joint Statement: European telecommunications operators are united in voicing strong concerns regarding the current GIA negotiations

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Brussels, February 1st, 2024 – The EU telecommunications industry is united in voicing strong concerns around the ongoing “Gigabit Infrastructure Act” Regulation negotiations and warns of unintended consequences if proposals are implemented in their current form. The ...

Joint stakeholder call on policymakers to swiftly adopt the extension of the interim ePrivacy derogation

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The undersigned organisations have been participating, from different angles, in the discussions surrounding the proposal laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse. All signatories share the same goal, which is to create and maintain a safe online ...

The GSMA congratulates the Belgium Government on assuming Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Belgium’s assumption of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union commences a critical year for Europe, with European Parliament elections in June and a new European Commission to be appointed towards the end of 2024.   The Belgian Presidency has already made ...

ECTA, ETNO, GIGAEurope & GSMA Joint Statement to EU Council’s General Approach on the Gigabit Infrastructure Act

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Today, the Council of the European Union is expected to agree on a negotiating mandate (‘general approach’) on the proposal for a Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA), i.e. a Regulation on measures to reduce the cost of deploying gigabit electronic communications networks across ...

European mobile data traffic will triple in next five years, driving continued pressure on network investment, new GSMA report predicts

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The GSMA’s annual European Mobile Economy Report shows that mobile contributed Eur 910 billion of value to Europe’s economy in 2022, whilst mobile operators will continue to face real investment challenges as bandwidth demands grow  23 November 2023, London: Mobile ...

GSMA Statement on the European Parliament vote on the Regulation to Prevent and Combat Child Sexual Abuse

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The GSMA welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption of new rules to combat and prevent child sexual abuse online. Today’s vote marks an important step in the fight against the online dissemination of child sexual abuse material, and we share with the Committee on Civil ...

GSMA – ETNO Statement on the Data Act final text

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The GSMA and ETNO congratulate EU policymakers on reaching agreement on the Data Act, a landmark file for the EU’s data economy. The GSMA and ETNO’s members are supportive of provisions in the file around B2B data access, cloud switching and interoperability, which we ...

The clock is ticking – León could determine whether Europe leads or lags behind

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Telecoms ministers convening today in the Spanish city of León do so at a crucial juncture in the European digital communications agenda. Over the next two days they will debate the future of connectivity in the region, a future brought into greater focus a couple of weeks ...

A new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme for Europe

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The EU has a very ambitious digital vision for the decade, including a target of full 5G by 2030. The important question is how do we deliver on that vision. There are several interrelated but equally important aspects for mobile investment, of which spectrum policy is one. ...

GSMA and ETNO welcome announcements on a new “Digital Networks Act”, call for urgent action

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The GSMA and ETNO welcome Commissioner Breton’s call for a “whatever it takes” moment for the future of telecom policy, in light of its critical role for EU competitiveness in the global tech race. We support the European Commission’s continued focus and leadership in ...

A call for Fair Share legislation – Europe must act to protect its digital future

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Open letter by CEOs of European telecoms operators The future of connectivity – powered by secure ultra-fast, low latency 5G mobile and fibre networks – will underpin the next wave of digital transformation in Europe. Supported by these networks, Europe is already seeing new ...

Joint Telecom Industry Statement on the Gigabit Infrastructure Act

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Our Associations ECTA, ETNO, GIGAEurope and GSMA Europe represent the European telecommunications industry. Our industry plays a crucial part in connecting European citizens and businesses and facilitating the EU green and digital transition. We welcome the European ...

Shaping Europe’s Digital Future: Competitive, Digital and Green Europe Relies on Connectivity

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On 18 September, the GSMA hosted a thought provoking event dedicated to the Spanish Presidency of the European Union and the future of Europe’s connectivity sector. This gathering brought together EU policymakers, industry leaders, and visionaries to share insights and ...

Watch LIVE | Building a Competitive, Digital and Green Europe followed by POLITICO Live’s Spotlight

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An event dedicated to the Spanish presidency of the European Union The ambition to build a Competitive, Digital and Green Europe is intertwined with the Spanish Presidency’s programme, leading Europe in this crucial time at the end of the current political mandate and before ...

European spectrum policy for the Digital Decade – options for the new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

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The EU’s Digital Decade envisages full 5G or 5G-equivalent coverage by 2030. This goal has been set to deliver digital equality and inclusion for all European citizens and businesses, no matter where they live or work. The important question is how to best deliver on this ...

The GSMA congratulates the Spanish Government on assuming Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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With many key policy initiatives currently in progress, the Spanish Government’s assumption of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July brings with it the opportunity to drive for real change. It will bring these crucial topics to the forefront of ...