Release of the Telecom Package

14 September 2016

Within the framework of the Digital Single Market, the European Commission released on the 14th September its initiatives for an overhaul of EU telecoms rules. The telecom package includes four initiatives which aim to meet Europeans' growing connectivity needs and boost Europe's competitiveness.

-The modernisation of the European Electronic Communication Code – the Commission proposes, among others, to extend some security rules to new online players which offer equivalent services to traditional operators.
-An Action Plan to deploy 5G across the Europe as from 2018 - it presents a common EU calendar for a coordinated 5G commercial launch in 2020 and notably includes the promotion of common global standards.
-A Regulation of the BEREC (Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications) - the Commission wants to reinforce the role of national regulators and to limit the fragmentation across Member states.
-A promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities and public spaces (WiFi4EU) in order to give the possibility to all interested local authorities to offer free Wi-Fi connections to any citizen. A minimum of 6000 to 8000 local communities should benefit from this new project by 2020.

The Commission’s proposals will be discussed and amended by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU before definitive adoption.