GSM industry welcomes Commission call for increased ICT investment

February 11, 2004

Brussels, 09 Feb 2004

GSM Europe, an interest group representing 143 mobile operating companies, has applauded a recent communication from the Commission aimed at boosting investment in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector.

The organisation said that, crucially, the Commission had recognised that in order for the EU to meet its own eEurope objectives, more public and private investment in ICTs is required.

The communication, published on 3 February, calls on European policy makers to do more to create a favourable environment for increased investments. The Commission also stressed the importance to Europe's economy of a successful launch of third generation mobile communications, and pledged to outline its strategy within the year.

GSM Europe said that mobile operators expect the Commission's communication to feature on the agenda of the Spring European Council in March.

'It is imperative, not just for our members but the whole European economy, that the investment issue is dealt with at the very highest levels of government,' said the Chair of GSM Europe, Kaisu Karvala. 'Without investment friendly regulation across all EU countries, crucial growth in the sector will be stifled and the eEurope objectives will not be met.'

The body also highlighted the importance of continued investment in research and innovation: 'GSM Europe urges the EU governments to at least match the research resources being made available in Asia and the US in order to remain globally competitive,' the statement concluded. To read the Commission communication, please click here

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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