GSMA urges a digital single market strategy for Europe to maximize incentives for investment
Date: Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:41 Source: GSMA press department
Afke Schaart, Vice President of Europe, GSMA welcomes Vice-President Ansip’s confirmation that the European Commission is to press ahead with an ambitious Digital Single Market Strategy
Afke Schaart, Vice President of Europe, GSMA
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Afke Schaart, Vice President of Europe, GSMA, said: “Europe’s economy is on the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution. Driven by the Internet, the real and virtual worlds are merging to form the Internet of Things. Some of Europe’s largest manufacturers are already starting to realise the benefits of this revolution, but the full impact requires high-speed networks, accessible to all companies, large and small, as well as to all EU citizens.
“Creating such an environment will unlock significant economic growth and help restore Europe’s digital leadership. GSMA Intelligence predicts that by 2020, the mobile ecosystem will contribute approximately €500 billion to the region’s GDP. The mobile industry currently supports 2.5 million jobs directly and indirectly, many of which are highly skilled1. The GSMA and its members are committed to working with policy makers to invest in Europe’s digital infrastructure and drive the region’s economic recovery.
“In the run up to the launch of the Digital Single Market Strategy, we are calling for swift and positive proposals; time is of the essence given the incredible pace of change in the digital landscape. It is critical that the digital policy framework not only be current, but also future-proof. The last time significant EU legislation for the telecoms sector was passed, it was already outdated by the time it actually became law. Through the Digital Single Market Strategy, we must act swiftly and prepare for a digital future that maximises incentives for increased digital investment.”