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EU wants to cut red tape, costs to spur rollout of 5G – document

The European Commission wants to cut red tape and costs to help Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and other telecoms operators roll out fast-speed 5G, according to a Commission document seen by Reuters.

January 25, 2023
By Foo Yun Chee
25 January 2023

By Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The European Commission
wants to cut red tape and costs to help Deutsche Telekom
, Orange, Telecom Italia and other
telecoms operators roll out fast-speed 5G, according to a
Commission document seen by Reuters.

The EU executive, which wants all Europeans to have access
to gigabit connectivity and 75% of EU companies to use cloud
infrastructure or artificial intelligence technology by 2030, is
expected to announce its proposal, called the Gigabit
Infrastructure Act, on Feb. 10.

The measure could save telecoms operators about 40 million
euros ($43.5 million) in annual administrative costs, the paper
said.

“Several of the proposed changes aim to make rules and
procedures more clear, streamlined and simple, allow parties to
easily understand their rights and obligations and seek to
promote synergies,” the document said.

“The proposal also foresees guidance at Union level (access
to physical infrastructure including in-building infrastructure,
and some criteria for access and civil works coordination rules)
which should facilitate the consistent implementation of
relevant provisions as well as the resolution of potential
disputes,” it said.

The measure also says telecoms providers can access physical
infrastructure owned or controlled by public sector bodies
irrespective of its location under fair and reasonable terms.

($1 = 0.9193 euros)
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee
Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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