Policy & Regulation

Our positions as FTTH Council Europe

Our policies
for a
sustainable Digital Europe

“Public vision and action are essential to progress towards a sustainable and digital European society.  We encourage policy makers to facilitate, through regulation, a fair and competitive market and to support investments in areas were there is no private business case.”

Aurelie Bladocha Coehlo
Chair Policy & Regulation Committee
Competition and investments

Competition and investments

The FTTH Council Europe believes that competition drives investment and our regulatory positions are aimed at striking the right balance between supporting competition between all stakeholders and fostering a favourable environment for investors to play an active role in building future-proof fibre networks.  

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Fibre business models

Fibre business models

We are agnostic when it comes to FTTH Operators business models. The FTTH Council Europe’s mission is to advance ubiquitous full fibre-based connectivity to the whole of Europe. This goal can be achieved via different business models such as traditional vertically integrated telecos or challenger operators & wholesale-only operators. 

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Technology choice

Technology choice

While we understand and fully respect the principle of technology neutrality, the recent adoption of the EECC and of the European Green deal questions this principle. We believe that consideration should be given to changing relevant public policies away from a technology neutral stance to one that is clearly full fibre positive.  

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Contribution of fibre to sustainability

Contribution of fibre to sustainability

Mandating use of full-fibre networks is the most straightforward way to achieve the objective of carbon neutrality. High speed, reliable broadband connectivity is an essential utility and it is clear that full-fibre requires the lowest energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions while enabling the best reliability and scalability.

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Cost reduction measures

Cost reduction measures

We strongly support all measures aimed at facilitating and incentivising the deployment of full-fibre networks by reducing their costs and administrative burden linked to network roll-out (e.g. permit granting etc), or by facilitating synergies in deployments.

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Fibre and 5G convergence

Fibre and 5G convergence

Previously fixed and mobile networks have been deployed separately but convergence now shows FTTH and 5G networks are two sides of the same coin. We encourage a converged approach that can bring significant cost reductions.

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State aid

State aid

We welcome State Aid which is funding full fibre networks in areas where there is no business case for private investments.

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Copper Switch-off

Copper Switch-off

The fate of the legacy copper network is a key element in the fibre investment case. What is at stake is the planning of copper extension as it does not make sense (for financial and environmental reasons) to keep the legacy copper network alive and to run a fibre network in parallel.

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Misleading fibre advertisement

Misleading fibre advertisement

We believe that misusing the word “fibre” in advertisement confuses end-users’ choices, reduces the attractiveness of the fibre brand and works against public objectives to generalise access to full fibre connectivity. 

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