The CCA membership drew attention to the overall economic benefits brought about by cloud communications services, and other over-the-top (OTT) applications, urging the Commission not to propose any sweeping new rules in this area that may hold back the growth and innovation potential of this market and entangle service providers with new layers of regulation, ultimately disadvantaging the users that already benefit from these services.
In its response, the CCA also noted that an EU level regulation should address the needs of cloud communications services pertaining to numbering resources, interoperability and interconnection. Clarifying these issues will further drive competition and provide greater choice. In a similar vein, CCA members look forward to discussing with the Commission the potential expansion of the EU portability regime to new technologies.
Responding to the consultation, CCA President Joe Marion said, “The existing regulation has allowed CCA members to bring innovative services to customers across Europe. We look forward to engaging with the European Commission in the coming months to ensure the telecoms framework reform supports innovation and competition, and focuses on improving choice for consumers.”
Looking to the future, and in particular at the growth of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, the CCA believe the best way for the Commission to take account of this increasingly complex marketplace for communications services it to provide minimal, high level definitions of communications service providers that is flexible and futureproof, combined with a light touch regulatory regime.
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