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Europe needs a pro-investment mobile regulatory framework

IDATE has just released a report on “Mobile operators’ investments”

This paper, published with the support of Ericsson and
Qualcomm, investigates the level of mobile revenues, investments (Capex) and
usage in Europe, as well as the interrelation between those metrics. The study
compares the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) with the other
world mobile leaders, namely the USA, Japan and South Korea.

The results show that Europe is falling behind other regions in the use of mobile technology to benefit businesses and consumers and may be jeopardizing the region’s future ability to fully take advantage of evolving wireless technologies. The relative decline of revenue in recent years for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) appears to be due to policy decisions aimed at maximizing short-term consumer benefits at the expense of long-term investment incentives. The data suggest this strategy is backfiring. The lower revenues in Europe have deterred MNOs from investing, which in turn delays the roll-out of networks and the adoption of services by consumers. Consequently, the unit costs of some services to consumers are higher than in other regions.

Investment in mobile communication infrastructure creates local employment and significantly contributes to growth, as an enabling factor for the digitalisation of other industries.

The Digital Single Market initiative is an opportunity to adopt a pro-investment and pro-innovation mobile regulatory framework, enabling Europe to lead in mobile communication through its attractive market size, growth potential and technology expertise. The findings and data of this study suggest consumers, businesses and individual European economies will benefit from policy makers’ adoption of a balanced regulatory framework that encourages investment in mobile infrastructure and technologies.

> Download the report for free



Frédéric PUJOL
Head of the Mobile Services
P: +33 (0)467 144 450
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