EU Plan for the Digital Single Market

It would seemt that if Europe has a single market for physical goods and services, that it should also have one for digital goods and services.  Well, this is not the case.  For the last three years Neelie Kroes, the EU Vice President, has been working on this issue along with the European Commission.  Read about it here

Strand Consult has analyzed the EU Commission plan for the digital single market, particularly the proposal for mobile roaming.  See the stories here.

The Straight Talk Version of the EU Commission’s Proposal

“Roam like home” is probably dead

Cheaper roaming could mean the collapse of the mobile industry

The EU’s plan for a digital single market is a ticking time bomb in the telecommunications industry

The press in many countries has contacted Strand Consult about its analysis of the EU Commission’s proposal for the digital single market in Europe.  Here are the stories.

Denmark

http://www.b.dk/tech/skarp-kritik-af-afskaffelse-af-udlandstakster

http://www.ue.dk/telekommunikation/27360/teleindustrien-staar-overfor-kollaps

http://www.nordjyske.dk/nyheder/danske-mobilkunder-rammes-af-eu-plan/7303b2df-252a-4024-be99-9de9936635e9/112/1513

http://ekstrabladet.dk/kup/elektronik/mobil/article2093849.ece

http://www.tvsyd.dk/artikel/213036:Danske-mobilkoebere-rammes-af-EU-udspil

http://ekstrabladet.dk/nyheder/politik/article2092480.ece

http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Penge/2013/09/11/0911074523.htm

Go to Børsen to read further stories.

France:

http://www.france24.com/fr/20130912-itinerance-neutralite-net-telecom-paquet-neelie-kroes-commission-europe-critique-smartphone-telephone-portable

Germany

http://www.heise.de/developer/artikel/Netzbetreiber-vs-EU-die-Meinung-der-Carrier-1958732.html?wt_mc=rss.developer.beitrag.atom

Italy:

http://www.corrierecomunicazioni.it/tlc/23094_mercato-unico-tlc-strand-consult-solo-uno-specchietto-per-le-allodole.htm

http://www.key4biz.it/News/2013/09/23/Policy/mercato_unico_tlc_roam_like_home_strand_consult_219973.html

Lithuania

http://www.delfi.lt/projektai/kaip-sutaupyti/naujienos/pokalbiu-telefonu-kainos-uzsienyje-kaip-namie-ar-imanoma.d?id=63176416

Netherlands

Norway:

http://www.insidetelecom.no/artikler/slutten-for-norske-mobilabonnementer/137583

Roam like a local

http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/09/20/nyheter/telenor/netcom/telepriser/29384819/

http://www.mobilen.no/artikler/nye-eu-regler-kan-gi-rekordbillig-abonnement/137631

http://www.insidetelecom.no/artikler/slutten-for-norske-mobilabonnementer/137583

http://www.insidetelecom.no/artikler/eus-tikkende-telebombe/137390

Spain (Catalan language)

http://cat.imatica.org/arxiu/cibersocietat/22387/strand-consulting-ataca-frontalment-el-pla-de-neelie-kroes

http://cat.imatica.org/arxiu/cibersocietat/22339/totes-les-trucades-a-europa-a-preu-local-a-partir-del-2014

UK

EU Roaming race to the bottom

http://www.gomonews.com/strand-rages-against-kroes-rome-like-home/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gomonews%2FNGYj+%28GoMo+News+-strategic+mobile+news%29

http://www.prepaidmvno.com/2013/09/18/eu-commission-proposal-cheaper-roaming-means-collapse-european-mobile-industry/

USA:

http://www.ethernut.net/will-connected-continent-plan-spur-infrastructure-investment-or-not/

http://www.lightreading.com/author.asp?section_id=252&doc_id=705625&f_src=lightreading_editorspicks_rss_latest

Sweden

http://www.svenskanyhetsbrev.se/Telekommarknaden/Nyhetsarkivet/Telekom-Onlin

Telecom Newsletter 17 September 2013 (translated)

The analyst John Strand’m sure that EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes missed the implications of mobile customers from next year can buy a sim card in a low-cost country like Lithuania, bring it home and require access to the best networks, with layup ‘roam like home “in her proposal for a single telecoms market. Kroes was asked during a press conference last week. Her spokesman Ryan Heath returned with a clarification – but not back.  John Strand, founder and CEO of Strand Consult, take it as one example among many that the entire industry is moving towards a collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis on the proposal will take place. In an analysis yesterday radar he up effects: Revenue Fall of 20 to 40 percent for mobile operators, stopping for network investment, owner-run, halving the number of employees. Ultimately affected banks and pension funds when operators Telefonica and Telecom Italia goes under, he writes. Short term, consumers lower prices, but in the long run takes China’s telecom industry over the ownership of the network infrastructure with its own funding. John Strand warns of consequences for Ericsson and shows how Asian hardware manufacturers together with American companies like Apple, Google and Facebook are already playing out EU countries against each other.