In recent decades, EU action for telecommunications has led to greater consumer choice, falling call costs, and higher standards of service, through:
In September 2015, the European Commission launched public consultations on the broadband needs and on the review of the current telecoms framework. The Commission then presented its proposal on how to address the identified challenges in achieving a Gigiabit society and the way telecoms sector regulation could be adapted to support it.
The Commission therefore proposed a new European Electronic Communications Code including forward-looking and simplified rules that make it more attractive for all companies to invest in new top-quality infrastructures, everywhere in the EU, both locally and across national borders. The Code further stimulates competition, and strengthens the internal market as well as consumer rights. The Commission also presented an action plan to deploy 5G, the fifth generation of wireless communication systems, across the EU as from 2018.
The Code proposes:
The Commission has also proposed to reinforce the role of national regulators to ensure consistent and predictable application of the rules throughout the Digital Single Market, via new Regulation on the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC). The connectivity package also includes an initiative aiming at helping European communities offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to their citizens.