dimanche 3 mars 2013
Mobile Operators call for lighter regulation
Stephenson echoed the views of Franco Bernabè, chief executive of Telecom Italia and GSMA chairman."Excess competition in Europe is depressing the market" : pointing to around 170 mobile
network operators and over 700 MVNOs in the region. "Governments should avoid imposing excessive burdens on the industry in the form of specific taxes and spectrum charges."
César Alierta, Telefonica’s chief executive, argued that internet players should help shoulder the burden of operators’ network and spectrum costs, claiming that regulators have been giving the likes of Google and Facebook a relatively easy time as they enjoy near-monopoly status.
“Nowadays, the internet is dominated by only a few players that restrict our customer choice options,” he says. “If the same regulation applied to telcos was applied to other players – to break up monopolies – they would have been obliged to sell devices to competitors at cost with a small margin. There is not a level playing field.”
Source : GSMA, MWC, 2013