EU Wants to Push Telcos to Ditch Copper, Lay Fibre

Posted in: Government & Policy at 09/10/2011 23:14

Large telecommunications companies must stop using copper-network pricing as a barrier to deploying fiber networks, or Europe will not meet its broadband targets, said the digital agenda commissioner on Monday.

Vice President Neelie Kroes made the comments as she announced a public consultation on the pricing of wholesale access to broadband networks. "We need next generation networks to deliver the bandwidth-hungry services and applications that will drive future growth. No one disputes that need. But there is no agreement on how to foster the deployment of such networks. Unfortunately, we see that, for the time being, telecom companies are hesitant to commit significant funds to fiber roll-out," she said.

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