The consortium for European telecom companies, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association, has in a open letter announced that Europe needs its ‘own’ technology giants, as we know them from the US and China.
The total European telecom sector already invests 52.5 billion euros per year. In addition to 5G, fiber optic and cable networks, this money will go to other initiatives, such as open-ran, edge cloud computing and other services that require a lot of data. They emphasize the pursuit of goals such as climate neutrality, and digitization can, according to a report from the same organization up to 15% per year of CO2 to spare.
An estimated $300 billion is needed to expand the gigabit project, which will require all participating areas to provide gigabit speeds. The sector complains about the high prices at frequency auctions, which network operators can claim a share with. This would result in less innovation, while the money is badly needed for other projects.
Telecom companies work closely with technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Specific names are not mentioned, but the trade association mentions that such companies often demand a lot from the companies and that they should contribute ‘in a fair way’ to the investments in the network. Partly because of this, European companies are needed that are active in ‘global data spaces’, and can therefore actually compete with the large American (and now also Chinese) tech companies.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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