Italian telecoms lobby urges EU to help cut energy bills and avoid power outages

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MILAN, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Italy’s telecoms lobby has called on the European Union to consider ways to help the industry cope with rising energy costs and protect its networks from power cuts. current forecast, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The energy crisis comes on top of other business concerns for telecom operators in Europe, who are caught between high investment needs and low returns partly linked to a crowded and competitive landscape.

In a letter sent to European industry chief Thierry Breton on Friday, Assotelecomunicazioni called for telecom players to be treated as energy-intensive industries, a move that would facilitate access to measures to reduce their electricity bills. after a threefold increase over the past year. .

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“Companies in the telecommunications sectors continue to experience increases in energy supply costs, while they must ensure the continuity of their services,” the letter states.

As the risk of power shortages increases following Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies following the conflict in Ukraine, telecom operators are preparing for possible power outages that could knock out part of their network.

“A clear indication of the impossibility for the telecommunications network to be disconnected…would give much-needed certainty to telecommunications players and the entire economic system on the continuity of service”, said the head of Assotelecomunicazioni , Massimo Sarmi.

In a statement, an EU spokesperson said the letter had been received and a response would follow in due course, adding that the Commission had already put in place measures to protect the energy supply of industries supplying products and services essential to the economy.

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Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Keith Weir

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