Users will get lower telecoms prices as telcos rush to build pan-European asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks, according to analysts Dataquest.
Bhawani Shankar, senior analyst at Dataquest, said that a series of public ATM networks being built across Europe would push telecoms prices downwards.
Unisource Carrier Services (UCS) unveiled last week what it said is the first pan-European ATM network to integrate voice and data on one infrastructure.
The consortium says that it will lower costs to end users by acting as a carrier's carrier, providing bandwidth to smaller telecoms operators in Europe.
UCS said that telcos will get a better deal for connection into foreign networks.
Shankar said, however, that UCS could find itself in a precarious situation because it does not own the links between its switches and points of presence.
He added that the consortium should 'bite the bullet' and invest before it was too late.
Telcos blame the cost of connection between networks in different countries for the high cost of telecoms services in Europe.
The Telecommunications Managers? Association and local government user group Society of Information Technology Management are campaigning to reduce these charges.
Steve Ranger is a reporter on Computing
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