EU suggests big tech could help fund fibre and 5G networks

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The European Union (EU) has suggested “big tech” firms should contribute financially to the cost of building and running mobile and broadband networks because their services generate so much data.

Telcos have frequently expressed their frustration that companies such as Google, Netflix, and others have benefited from investments in fibre and cellular infrastructure, while it is operators who are forced to ensure there is enough capacity to meet demand.

One study suggests that Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft and Netflix account for half of global data traffic.

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