As society becomes increasingly digitalised, reliable ICT infrastructure is crucial. At the same time, the shifting landscape of technology, politics, economy and public health means the telecom market is faced with enormous challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that connectivity plays a critical role in enabling social activity and economic stability. In a time where dependable digital networks are needed more now than ever, telecom operators are working to ensure the resilience of their services.
Cybersecurity, lagging investments, slow 5G rollout, sustainability, and geopolitical tensions are just some of the elements the telecom market needs to consider in order to deliver connection at a time it is needed the most.
The French government this week announced new measures to help the country's industry which has fallen "slightly behind" in embracing the opportunities that come with transiting to a 5G network. EURACTIV France reports.
The EU's standardisation strategy is trying to prevent the lagging of European companies but might open the door for the regionalisation of international standards.
The Schengen visa system is set to be fully digitalised under a new Commission proposal which would funnel applications and payments through a single platform.
A significant new spectrum needs to be attributed to 5G usage for the new generation of networks to carry out their full benefits, as the next years could be crucial for Europe to catch up or further fall behind in this technological race, Luciana Camargos told EURACTIV.