BRUSSELS—A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor, and Vodafone have drawn up what they call their “5G Manifesto”—outlining what they want from governments in order to deliver 5G coverage across Europe. The 3,000-word document also makes certain promises: signatories have committed to starting large-scale demonstrations of 5G technology by 2018, and launching 5G commercially in at least one city in every EU country by 2020. However, there is a caveat: the telcos warn of the “danger” of strict regulation and want net neutrality rules to be watered down. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all data the same, by not discriminating or applying different charges regardless of type of content or user. The telcos’ 5G manifesto says: The EU must reconcile the need for open Internet [the term du jour for net neutrality] with pragmatic rules that foster innovation. The telecom industry warns that current net neutrality guidelines create significant uncertainties around 5G return on investment. Investments are therefore likely to be delayed unless regulators take a positive stance on innovation and stick to it. The telcos also want net neutrality laws to allow “innovative specialised… Read full this story
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