European Commission warns against slow take up of ultra-fast Internet

Posted in: Government & Policy at 09/04/2012 22:55

The European Commission renewed its warning against the "moderate" migration from copper to fibre in telecoms networks, as markets expect EU long-awaited guidelines on how to foster investment in so-called Next Generation Access to ultra-fast Internet.

"In general, migration to NGA is taking place at a moderate pace," reads a Commission working document circulated among experts last week. Brussels underlines that most main telecoms operators are simply upgrading their copper networks, if they are doing any investment at all, to increase Internet speed across Europe. "Only a minority have sizeable fibre investments at this stage or plan a complete copper switch-off," adds the document.

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