Europe's communications and broadcasting regulators must adapt to reflect fundamental industry changes, according to BT chief executive Peter Bonfield.
Interactive TV, the Internet and third generation mobile are blurring the traditional roles of regulators and they must adapt to reflect these changes, Bonfield told IT executives at the Regent Conference in London on Friday.
"A joined up industry needs joined up regulation," said Bonfield, "In BT's view we have to move from regulating telecomms and broadcasting to controlling stages in technology, such as content, equipment and service providers," he said.
Bonfield said the advent of third generation mobile will bring further changes to the communications industry. Third generation mobile systems will enable advanced services for mobile phones, such as high speed data and multimedia.
Later that day, the Department of Trade and Industry said BT should be allowed to bid for a third generation mobile license, but that it must do so using a separate business that is not cross subsidised by its core business.
"Whatever happens, we need regulation to keep pace with the market place," Bonfield said.
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