On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its “Connectivity Package” seeking to pave the way for more and better internet connectivity for all EU citizens and businesses by 2025.

Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Digital Team, endorses the Commission´s proposals: “High speed connectivity will be the key to ensure Europe´s future competitiveness and the well-being of our societies. The Commission is right to point out that “first-class communication networks” will be key to reach the ambitious objectives. Europacable wants to underline again that only high quality telecommunication and data cables will ensure long term, future proof networks. As the association representing Europe´s leading cable manufacturers, we are looking forward to continuing our dialogue with the Commission and our partners in Brussels to ensure that investments are made to last.

The Commission´s ambitious overhaul of the EU telecom rules pursues 3 strategic objectives for 2025:
1) All main socio-economic drivers (e.g. schools, universities, hospitals, public service providers, digital enterprises) should have access to extremely high-gigabit-connectivity;
2) All EU households (both urban and rural) should have at least 100 Mbps download speed; and
3) All urban areas as well as major roads and railways should have uninterrupted 5 G coverage.

To attract the considerable investments needed to meet these objectives, the Commission presented three proposals:
– New European Electronic Communication Code, including forward looking and simplified rules that should make it more attractive for companies to invest in new “top-quality” infrastructures;
– An Action Plan to deploy 5 G across the EU as from 2018; and
– A new initiative called “WiFi4EU” which is to develop free Wi-Fi access points in communities and cities.

Please see the Commission´s summary and link to all the documents here.