(Teleborsa) – They look forward hard times for the sector of telecommunications and for consumers, who might see increase (not a little) the costs of subscriptions of mobile telephony, especially those that also incorporate the cost of any purchase of smartphones and other devices, which should be spread in a year rather than two.
Yet another burden, in a sector that has seen a vertical drop in profitability, is contained in one rule inserted in the decree that transposes, by Italianising it, the European directive of Electronic communications, currently under consideration by Parliament. This rule provides that i telephony contracts, both mobile and fixed, they cannot have a duration exceeding 12 months, whereas the limit today is 24 months. The risk – Il Messaggero writes – is that the offers which include, in addition to the cost of telephone calls and connections, also the sale of other goods such as smartphones, modems or even activation costs, can become too high for consumers.
To aggravate the situation in the sector too the 50% increase in costs administrative fees and contributions for the use of frequencies, which is calculated as a total of approx 100 million at the level of the entire sector and could result in an undesirable investment cut, just at a time when Italy is carrying out the digital transition thanks to PNRR.
It would be theyet another blow to a sector which has already had to deal with the extra cost of auctions for 5G frequencies and with the collapse of roaming and mobile tariffs – today among the lowest in the EU – and which in many cases has seen profitability drop below financing costs. A sector that, having already lost 20% of its workforce in the last decade, it risks seeing another 8 thousand positions disappear, about 8% of the workforce current, in the next three years.
Among other things, the provision, under consideration by Parliament next Thursday, significantly tightens penalties, which come quadruplicate and can reach up to 5% of turnover in the most serious cases. What then these “cases” are not known, but this will result in a extension of the sanctioning autonomy of the Authority at the expense of the industry.