Pleanry session europe in 2020 day 2 chris holden 2
Council response – Last Day sessionLadies and Gentlemen,I’m delighted to come on this stage with all the different actors in the Fibreworld, Policy makers, Policy implementers, Entrant and Established operatorbodies and now, the manufacturers.The first thing I’d like to say is that the Council is in agreement with most ofthe points made by the previous speakers. As the manufacturers body, weare very positive about the momentum that is building for FTTH. It is true thatfibre is the future and that there is no going back. Other technologies willnaturally sit alongside, LTE and other wireless solutions are complimentarytechnologies and while there is much uncertainty about the usage ofbandwidth in the future, there is little or no doubt that it will be needed. Onlyfibre can deliver that bandwidth now and has the capacity to meet it into thefuture.However, despite my enthusiasm about the momentum and the direction ofFTTH - we are getting there too slowly. We want Europe to be the leader inFTTH not the laggard.We thank the Commissioner for being the first leader in Policy to stand upand admit that we, in Europe, are not getting to tomorrow’s networks fastenough. To recognise that we have a problem is the first step to a solution.We also congratulate the Commissioner on the initiatives she has taken todate to make clear what future policy will be in different situations. We looknow to the National Regulators to implement the Recommendation
effectively and to BEREC to ensure a consistent implementation acrossEurope.The great thing about the Council is that, while of course people work fortheir companies and the objective is profit, for most of the people I work with,this is much more that a job, its about delivering on a vision, on a vision of abetter future which can be enabled by FTTH.The challenges facing Europe are many, aging populations, environmentalsustainability, lifting economic productivity …. I could go on.FTTH can help to deliver the solutions to these problems by working withservice providers. Sometimes it’s a question of capacity so you simply needthe bandwidth if you want to be able to use simultaneously a number ofapplications such as high definition TV, internet video, or symmetric videoconferencing services. Moreover, many applications right now, and more soin the future, need the reliability of FTTH – think about for exampleconnected healthcare applications.FTTH networks are significantly more robust than existing networks. A veryimportant factor if mission critical elements are to be put on the line.The policy proposals that Commissioner Kroes has put forward to date arevery welcomes whether they have been through Recommendations,Communications or even Legislation; simple measures to facilitate sharing ofpassive infrastructures where possible, co-ordination between civilengineering works, creation of passive infrastructure inventories…These all require little investment - but lower deployment costs significantly.
The production of broadband plans by Member States set a path to achievethe Digital Agenda targets and allows an assessment of those plans to judgewhether they are credible and whether sufficient resources are beingallocated. This conference was in Lisbon last year and we love the exampleof what Portugal have done, where a plan was devised to achieve theirtargets and then practical measures taken to see it implemented involvingthe Government, Anacom and all the operators.Italy is also creating a new dynamic with operators jockeying for position andAgcom are setting out clearly the framework for engagement in thecommercial areas. In the non-commercial areas the Government, theoperators and the national regulator have set out a cooperative and co-ordinated deployment with State funding. We hope other States in Europefollow these examples and develop the kind of holistic broadband strategythat can allow all States to reach the Digital Agenda targets.However, we hope very much that State intervention will be kept mostly toco-ordination even though we recognise there will be a need for directfinancing in the areas of Europe where there is a clear market failure,.We believe that competition will drive the investment for the mass marketand striking the right balance to ensure there is sufficient incentive to investin these networks while ensuring that consumers derive the benefits thatonly competition can bring is, I believe, the biggest challenge facing theindustry.
We live in challenging times and so it is all the more important that we shareour vision of better service delivery in e-Government, e-health and in thePrivate sector if these networks are to get the resources allocated in thefuture.We in the FTTH Council want to work with all the different stakeholders andtogether champion this vision and to see to it that it is delivered.