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EU telcos say thank you! to Skype

Traditional telcos have caught a break from the European Commission with the fixed telephony and the wholesale fixed call markets set to be immediately deregulated.

However, Steelie Neelie Kroes, the outgoing digital agenda commissioner, denied that this was a sop to get lots of very large and powerful companies on-side, via the proposed Connected Continent Package.

“Sometimes I have the feeling I’m speaking to spoilt children, but this is not just about giving them sweeties,” she said, adding it was high time the old-fashioned telcos moved with the times.

“It is not a healthy sector,” said Kroes, but with increased competition due to the likes of Skype, the commish decided it could lift some regulation on two parts of the telecoms market.

The access to the fixed telephony market and the wholesale market for fixed call origination will now only be subject to usual competition rules.

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Source: The Register

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