Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

About Telecoms

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From landlines to mobiles to broadband, telecommunications networks and services are the backbone of our information society. The EU's policy framework improves competition, drives innovation, and boosts consumer rights within the European single market.

In recent decades, EU action for telecommunications has led to greater consumer choice, falling call costs, and higher standards of service, through:

  • A sound regulatory framework for electronic communications, promoting competition and consumer rights;
  • Promoting investment in broadband networks supporting high-speed Internet;
  • Supporting wireless technologies, such as 3G and LTE, through the radio spectrum policy programme;
  • Protecting mobile users from high roaming charges when travelling in the EU or internationally;
  • Taking a leading role in international discussions on Internet development and governance.

Now we're taking a step further with the adoption of the legislative package for a "Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market", on Wednesday 11 September 2013 (calendar).