The Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off and the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, has once again demanded that the technology companies go through the cashier to finance the networks in which the operators have invested tens of thousands of millions of euros in the Last years. In his speech, very focused on the agreement between the large operators to make their network accessible in order to make it profitable, the Spanish executive once again insisted on the need to establish the quota for the implementation of which a public consultation.
“Remember these words: fair share. We live in an era that requires collaboration”, the executive defended during the inauguration. Within the framework of this collaboration, he has included this payment for the financing of the telecommunications networks that will be deployed in the coming years. “We need a more balanced world; this new world needs collaboration so everyone needs to contribute their fair share of the effort,” he added.
“The effort so far has been gigantic,” he reiterated. It is not the first time that he has made this claim, as she also did so last week as part of the company’s annual results presentation. At that time, he defended that more than 60% of the traffic generated in the networks deployed by the operators is generated mainly by a handful of technology companies, such as Netflix, HBO or Google.
Orange president Chrystel Heydemann has also defended this payment by technology companies. The French executive has insisted that it is not a measure that blows up net neutrality, nor a new tax rate. She insists that it is a “fair contribution” on the part of all the actors so as not to have to resort to public financing for the construction and maintenance of the networks.
The new ‘common plug’
Beyond the position on the requirement of large technologies to pay, Álvarez-Pallete has highlighted the relevance of the sectoral initiative worldwide to give access to network data and make them profitable with a common technological structure. “This project will create a new world of opportunities for the industry. It will be a catalyst for all those advanced services to develop their potential and reach a critical mass. And it will generate options and add value to consumers”, highlighted the Spanish executive.
The president of the operator has placed the launch of this project within the “tsunami of innovation”. “We are at the gates of a new change of era driven by the intersection of telecommunications capabilities, computing, artificial intelligence and web 3”, he has defended.
This combination of technologies will offer services and solutions for sectors such as industrial automation, autonomous cars or emergency management. Álvarez-Pallete has once again claimed that these services will imply the “definitive challenge” for telecommunications networks. This has led him to poke his chest about the future weight of these companies. “Without telcos there is no digital future”, he pointed out.