Platform competition, “most effective way of driving progress”
(Brussels, 8 March) Europe will play a leading role in the world’s connected future, according to a panel of experts gathered for a special policy session at Cable Congress in Brussels.
“If you look ahead to the 2020-30 timeframe, we see the EU as a major player in new technologies that will see a transformation of this sector and enable innovative companies, whether they are content or service providers, to be a winner without a vast stock of IP,” said Robert Madelin, Director General, DG INFSO.
Madelin’s comments came amid a lively exchange that covered a number of important policy issues that affect the cable industry. On the subject of the future of state aid, George Serentschy, Chair, Berec, told delegates that he thought platform competition was the most effective way of speeding roll out of next generation networks and increasing take-up rates. Serentschy also mentioned that he did not believe pushing down copper prices would lead to faster roll out of NGA. “I’m very skeptical of linking industrial policy with costing methodologies. We should be very clear that these two things are not interlinked and I don’t believe that costing calculations are good and viable tools to make industrial policy.”