UPDATED 10.42 GMT: Trade body Cable Europe has issued a call for the continent’s communications providers to compete with each other on a platform level, by building multiple networks and innovating on new technologies and new business models.
“We are firm believers that there are no limits to the positive outcomes delivered by infrastructure-based competition,” says Cable Europe in a statement. “In this day and age in Europe, it has been proven that continued investment by alternative providers is providing an evolving choice of innovative services – at speeds never before imagined. At the heart of this set of choices is competition among platforms and technologies.”
The trade organisation goes on to quote Georg Serentschy, 2012 chair of the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC), as saying that platform competition is the most effective form of competition, adding: “History has shown that where multiple platforms compete for customers, the services and facilities provided in those areas are typically two years ahead of areas in which there is no such competition.”
In addition to adversely affecting competition, a one-network approach would also raise security and resilience concerns, according to Cable Europe, and “represent an economic risk as a result of reliance on a single investment and choice of technology”.
IP&TV News spoke to a Cable Europe spokesperson this morning, who told us that the advocation of infrastructure-based competition is particularly relevant as the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) convenes in Brussels today for a one-day conference on ultra-fast broadband (more details here)
Cable Europe’s membership is comprised of the continent’s largest cablecos, including Liberty Global/UPC, Virgin Media, Kabel Deutschland, Zon Multimedia, Com Hem and ONO.