Broadband industries could create million jobs, say trade bodies

Cable industry trade body Cable Europe has joined with other communication industry associations  including the BSA, Digital Europe, EDIMA, ECTA, ESOA, ETNO, the EuroISPA and the GSMA to call on the European Union to take action to enable business and society to fully benefit from information and communication technologies. The group said that broadband-based innovation has the potential to create up to one million new jobs and additional economic activity worth €849bn. It also said that the application of these technologies could reduce CO2 emissions by 15%.

At a meeting in Spain organised by the Spanish state secretariat for telecommunications and information society, the industry associations called for EU action to ensure productivity and growth, sustainability, digital content creation, the establishment of trust, universal participation and trade and market access.