The European Commission (EC) acknowledged the need for better competitiveness in telecommunications markets, at the ADSL summit in Vienna last week.
Robert Verrue, director general of telecoms affairs for the EC, said the Commission is set to begin a major overhaul of the legislative and regulatory framework for telecommunications in Europe.
"Access networks are a key component in all telecoms services and in particular for the deployment of advanced technologies," he argued.
However, he conceded that, "the provision of fixed access networks is currently still dominated by incumbent operators."
"Greater competition would lead to falling prices and innovation in the development of access technologies," he added.
Hans-Erhard Reiter, chairman of the ADSL Forum, said: "That the Commission acknowledges the need to revise the legislation is very positive. The challenge is to create legislation that is far sighted enough, so it's not running after technology forever."
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