The European Commission unveiled proposals in September 2013 to reform the regulatory environment which applies to the Europe’s telecom companies. The plan entitled, “Connected Continent: a single telecom market for growth and jobs” was claimed by the Commission to be the “most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform.”
The proposals claimed to seek a restoration of Europe to a position of global leadership in digital markets, emphasising that the market currently consists of 28 different regimes. In the USA four mobile operators are involved in implementing mobile 4G whilst across Europe there are over 100.
The Commission proposals cover a wide spectrum:
•a single authorisation regime to simplify access to other markets
•no incoming call charges while roaming in Europe
•no international call premiums for calls made within the EU
•a ban on blocking of internet content so as to underpin net neutrality
•new harmonised rights for consumers
•operators to be encouraged to develop cross-border investment plans
•greater certainty for investors over regulatory regimes in regard prices.
However what the Commission fails to identify is what the impact will be on workers. almost certainly jobs and skills will be lost as operators will be forced to merge. No doubt this will benefit someone but not those employed within the industry with job losses and threats to terms and conditions of employment.
Once more the EU interferes within the market place in its aim of creating a European super state and once more workers will be those who suffer from this corporatist ideology.