The EU Broadband Challenge

Many Americans believe that broadband is better in Europe, but the the European Union has a number of challenges to realize their 2020 broadband goals. I have prepared a multipart analysis of these challenges. Check it out at  TechPolicyDaily.

Here are the stories.

Part 1:  Acknowledging the Problem

Part 2: Kroes calls for a digital single market

Part 3: Barriers to Reform

Part 4:  AT&T invited to Brussels to explain why spectrum matters

Part 5: Cable brings competition to the European market

Part 6:  New map shows EU is not a broadband utopia

Strand Consult has analyzed the EU Commission plan for the digital single market.  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.


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Roam like a local

Spain (Catalan language)


EU Roaming race to the bottom



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.