The Digital Single Market initiatives unveiled by the European Commission last year have been endorsed by the European Parliament, which said they must be tabled “without delay”.

The lawmakers approved the 16 commitments – which include more harmonised management of spectrum, incentives to invest in high-speed broadband, and the creation of a more level playing field between telcos and online players – by 551 to 88, with 39 abstentions.

The Parliament will now work with the EU Council of Ministers to come up with the legislative proposals.

The Commission has given itself a deadline of the end of 2016 to get the proposals into law.

Telcos called for more speed when the commitments were unveiled last May.

A separate deal to end roaming charges and introduce net neutrality was voted through last October.

Internal Market Committee co-rapporteur Evelyne Gebhardt said: "We have ensured that this report on the digitisation of the EU economy, society and public administrations determines legislative and non-legislative action to benefit consumers and to preserve Europe’s competitive social market economies.”

Industry Committee co-rapporteur Kaja Kallas added: "Europe has already missed two waves of innovation. First social networks, then the sharing economy.

“If we don't want to miss the next wave, we have to look to the Internet of Things, Big Data and machine-to-machine communication.”

[Read more: Opening 700MHz to operators tops Digital Single Market agenda]

Gijs Phoelich, who was unveiled as Chairman of ECTA earlier this week, added: “ECTA welcomes this strong position of the European Parliament, which highlights the crucial role of competition to foster the roll-out of high-speed and very high speed networks.

“We need more competition not less if we want to achieve the ambitious targets of a fully Connected Europe.”

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