The main managers of the 20 largest telecommunications operators in Europe have sent a letter this Monday to the European Comission in which they demand that you approveregulation that forces large technology companies to finance part of their networks in compensation for the high traffic they generate.
Although it is the main demand of the text, the operators do not stop there and also ask for a review of the spectrum policy in which accept the need for these companies to gain scale to avoid market fragmentation.
“Today we call on the politicians of the European Union to review the entire telecommunications legislative framework and allow their industrial champions and SMEs to compete globally,” says the text, signed among others by the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez Palleteto the CEO of Orange, Christel Heydemann y Margherita Della ValleCEO of Vodafone.
In the text, the operators emphasize that it is necessary to invest 174,000 million euros to meet the connectivity objectives of the European digital decade, an objective for which the sector is not “currently strong enough”, according to the signatories.
In the letter, they denounce the lack of legal obligations of big technology companies and the impossibility of charging these companies for the traffic they generate, while some of these giants charge their clients for the data they process in the cloud.