The European Commission is urging Austria and eighteen other EU countries to speed up the construction of their broadband networks, in particular by implementing the cost reduction directive, reports Der Standard. Besides Austria, the EC sent a formal notice to Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus.
According to the cost reduction provisions, by 2025 all institutions of social-economic importance, such as schools, universities, research centres and traffic nodes, and public service providers such as hospitals and public authorities, as well as businesses relying on digital technology, should be equipped with high-capacity broadband connections. Besides this, 100 percent of households should have internet access at a minimum of 100 Mbps. A mid-term objective for 2020 is that at least one big city in each EU country is equipped on commercial basis with 5G technology, which should include all important roads and railways.
Otherwise, the EC can take action against the countries at the European Court of Justice. The nineteen member states have two months to respond and provide information on the measures undertaken.
Source: Telecom Paper