EU wants to cut red tape, costs to spur rollout of 5G – document

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BRUSSELS, 24 January (Reuters) – The European Commission wants to cut red tape and costs to help Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Orange (ORAN.PA), Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI) and other telecom operators roll out fast speed 5G, according to a Commission document seen by Reuters.

The EU executive, which wants all Europeans to have access to gigabit connectivity by 2030 and 75% of EU companies using cloud infrastructure or artificial intelligence technology, is expected to announce its proposal, the Gigabit Infrastructure Act, on February 10.

The measure could save telecom operators about 40 million euros ($43.5 million) in annual administrative costs, the paper said.

“Several of the proposed amendments are intended to make rules and procedures clearer, more streamlined and simpler, allow parties to easily understand their rights and obligations and promote synergies,” the document said.

“The proposal also provides guidelines at Union level (access to physical infrastructure, including infrastructure in buildings, and some criteria for rules for access and coordination of civil works) that will support the consistent implementation of relevant provisions and the resolution of facilitate potential disputes.” it said.

The measure also says that telecom providers can access physical infrastructure owned or operated by government agencies on fair and reasonable terms, regardless of location.

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee Edited by Bernadette Baum

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