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Single Market Initiatives

  • August 2015
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Europe's telecoms sector was considered a success story for many years. Yet, despite more than 20 years of European telecoms policy and a common regulatory framework, the European market remains largely fragmented along national borders. The EC has launched several measures to address this phenomenon

The first chapter of this report looks into the evolution of the European market in recent years notably in terms of revenues and subscribers of electronic communications services and presents some key comparisons with other regions in the world.

In the following the report elaborates on the legacy regulation and the negotiations that led up to the finding of a compromise on the Telecom Single Market package by the European institutions.

The last chapter of the report presents the Digital Single Market, the Juncker Commission's digital flagship initiative and takes a closer look at two of its key elements; i.e. the discussion about digital platforms and the review of the common regulatory framework

Table Of Contents

Single Market Initiatives
Contents
1 Executive Summary 5
2 Methodology 6
General methodology of IDATE's reports 6
3 State of play 7
31 State of the European market 7
311 Take-up of services and revenue trends 7
32 Europe and its peers 10
321 Subscribers and revenues 10
322 Investment 12
33 Regulation 13
4 Telecoms Single Market 16
41 From ‘Connected Continent' to ‘Telecom Single Market' 16
411 Roaming 18
412 Net neutrality 23
5 Digital Single Market 32
51 The Digital Single Market initiative 32
511 Platforms 33
512 Review of common telecoms framework 35
513 Other 37

Tables and Figures

Table 1: Phase-out of roaming charges 23
Table 2: Evolution of definitions, article 2 of the draft Directive (relevant items for net neutrality only) 28
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Figure 1: Access to telecom services in EU28, in volume, 2008-2015 7
Figure 2 : Access to telecom services in EU28, as a % of population, 2008-2015 8
Figure 3: Telecom services revenues, EU27, 1987-2012 8
Figure 4: Telecom services revenues by segment, EU28, 2009-2015 9
Figure 5: Major European telcos' CapEx*, 2008-2013 9
Figure 6: Fixed broadband subscribers, in EU28, USA and Japan, 2009-2015 10
Figure 7 : Mobile subscribers, in EU28, EU5, USA and Japan, 2009-2015 10
Figure 8: Total telecom service revenues in EU28, USA and Japan, 2009-2015 11
Figure 9: Mobile retail ARPU evolution in EU5 and USA, 2008-2018 11
Figure 10: Investment Growth, 2007-2013 12
Figure 11: Mobile Capex in domestic networks 13
Figure 12: Average total cost for full LLU 14
Figure 13 : EU27 MTR levels 2008 vs 2014 14
Figure 14: Allocation of first digital dividend spectrum 17
Figure 15: Abolition of roaming charges 18
Figure 16: Evolution of regulated voice roaming tariffs 19
Figure 17: Evolution of regulated SMS roaming tariffs 20
Figure 18: Evolution of regulated data roaming tariffs 20
Figure 19: Decoupling exemptions 21
Figure 20 : Telecoms Single Market non-paper (May 2015) 22
Figure 21: Ofcom presentation on Net neutrality (2006) 24
Figure 22: Restrictions applied within the European Union 25
Figure 23: Leaked Council ‘non-paper' (May 2015) 27
Figure 24: The end of net neutrality? Not quite… 28
Figure 25: Regulation in the Netherlands 30
Figure 26 : Commission members Ansip and Oettinger presenting the Digital Single Market 32
Figure 27: Digital Single Market roadmap 33
Figure 28: Symmetric FTTH regulation in France 35

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