On Friday 18 September, the Wallonia Digital Council submitted its conclusions to Minister Marcourt in a report – “Digital Wallonia. Digital Plan Proposal”. It will be remembered that the Council’s task is to define specific courses of action to be undertaken in connection with digital strategy to make Wallonia one of the foremost ‘digitalised’ regions. BASE Company fully supports this initiative. One of the Council’s recommendations is to eliminate taxes on GSM pylons and antennae.
“A free and open Internet: BASE Company is the first to promote it! – An Internet without restrictions and open to everyone: who would think of opposing it? – An Internet that allows everyone to benefit from the offers that suit them: the future.”
This is what we said a few weeks ago to express our position on net neutrality. Something we are not afraid to say (http://bit.ly/1gnfXgb). Now that Europe has taken a position on the subject, we are saying it again.
In the last few weeks, there has been talk of a preliminary draft law/preliminary draft royal decree compelling mobile telecommunications operators to identify prepaid card users with their names, addresses etc. This is an old issue that has already been voiced in the past. If this measure were introduced, it would affect both major operators with their own networks and virtual operators working on a third-party network, such as Mobile Vikings, Carrefour, Aldi, ORTEL, etc.
As one of the largest suppliers of prepaid cards – either directly via the BASE brand or indirectly via partners such as ORTEL – BASE Company is extremely concerned by this change in legislation. It could have a considerable effect on consumers, and also on small independent distributors and MVNOs operating in the prepaid card segment only.
Contrary to indications clearly given to operators at the start of its term of office, the Brussels government is contemplating passing a regional tax on mobile telephone installations. If this new tax is confirmed, it will have to be regarded as a sort of tax on innovation to discourage and hinder investments in mobile technology of the future in the Capital of Europe.
For the past few years, one of the priorities of the political world (European, Belgian, regional, communal, municipal) has been to become digital. Let the government be digital, let citizens be digital, let companies be digital, let everyone benefit from the best mobile connections and let that contribute to better well-being and increased value creation.