EU officials debate plan to split telecommunications companies

[Reuters] Sharp divisions have emerged within the European Commission over plans to overhaul EU telecommunications rules and allow regulators to force a splitting of the services and network arms of telecommunications companies, internal EU documents show.Viviane Reding, the EU commissioner for information society and media, wants to push ahead with a proposal that could help force telecommunications companies to separate their service and network arms if they do not operate in competitive markets. see:

EU divided over telecom regulation [IDG]

Internal divisions within the European Commission about the shape of a policy review for the telecommunications industry due this quarter sparked sharp criticism from industry analysts Tuesday.”It is unproductive to have differing views inside the Commission on this important review,” said Stefano Nicoletti, an analyst in the London offices of market research firm Ovum.

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