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If mobile's 'golden age' is waning, what lies ahead?

European operators were given an opportunity this week to express their views en masse over the single market proposals put forward by the European Union’s digital chief, Neelie Kroes, and they certainly made good use of it.

Major operators such as Orange, Vodafone, Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom gathered in Brussels on the occasion of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ (ETNO) Association summit, and reports from the event provided a good indication of the level of displeasure among executives over planned initiatives such as the removal of roaming charges.

In their view, regulators should not be focusing on pettifogging issues such as how much operators charge each other to complete cross-border calls, fixed or mobile. The overwhelming message from operators was that they want to be able to consolidate when they need to in order to achieve greater economies of

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