European telco Unisource and Air Touch, a US wireless operator, say Europe is in ?regulatory chaos? and is seeking a pan-European body that will help resolve interconnection disputes and unclear national policies.
The call was made as European nations are gearing up to total liberalisation of the market. Bert de Ruiter, Unisource?s vice president of governmental and intercompany relations told delegates at a European telecomms seminar this week that Europe is in ?regulatory chaos and market fragmentation, which is not in the interest of the consumer?.
In many EU member states there is considerable delay in the implementation of the European regulatory regime, he continued.
There are still significant barriers for new entrants in entering the European market, he said. For example only a few telcos have published detailed of their interconnection prices and conditions making it difficult for new entrants to build business plans.
On the digital mobile service front, nine countries still operate an analogue service despite the EC?s demand to upgrade to digital by 2001 at the latest.
He also criticised the rule which states that in certain countries. a company needs to establish a national entity or partner with a local company to obtain a licence. ?This is a major barrier for entry for companies which do not want to provide pan-European services,? he continued.
Unisource and Air Touch said there should be an independent body that would have enforcement powers and be able to resolve disputes between nations. Ruiter stressed that he is not suggesting the establishment of another layer of bureaucracy but is seeking a way of resolving certain frustrations when entering new markets.
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