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Global European Network (GEN) for transmission by optic fibre

The European Commission wishes to obtain further information on the price users will have to pay to access the planned Global European Network (GEN) for data transmission, before taking a decision on this project which was submitted in early 1994 by several European telecommun...
The European Commission wishes to obtain further information on the price users will have to pay to access the planned Global European Network (GEN) for data transmission, before taking a decision on this project which was submitted in early 1994 by several European telecommunications operators.

Under this agreement, the parties - namely British Telecom, Deutsche Bundespost Telekom, France Telecom, STET, and Telefonica - undertake to establish an optic fibre connecting Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. The parties will install and manage the computer equipment necessary to establish sub-circuits and to connect these circuits to national circuits in their respective countries, in order to offer a new end-to-end high-speed data transmission service.

The Commission recognizes that this agreement has a significant added-value compared to the simple juxtaposition of digital international half-circuits and may contribute significantly to the improvement of the competitiveness of European industry.

Given the importance of pricing issues in this field, M. Van Miert has asked his services, before any decision is taken on the GEN case, to seek further information on price levels and costs of national and international digital circuits in order to determine up to which point the current prices are justified.
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