Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone signs small cells deployment deal with JCDecaux; Deutsche Telekom's IPO backlash; Sky's rethink on Now TV.
The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has spotted the green shoots of recovery in the European telecom industry, predicting in a new report that 2016 will see revenues will return to the positive after years of decline. The report, prepared for ETNO by think-tank Idate , predicts 1% growth in telecom services revenues in 2016, compared to a year-on-year 4% decline in 2013 and an estimated 1.8% decline in 2014. ETNO's chairman, Luigi Gambardella, is seeking to use the report's findings as a catalyst for regulatory reform, saying in a statement: "The time for reform is now … We need to encourage this expectation with a new regulatory and policy framework." The report chimes with the mood at this week's Light Reading 2020 Executive Summit in Iceland, which found that service providers are feeling upbeat about the next five years. (See 2020 Vision: A First View.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading