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Ofcom moves to contain BT’s ambitions

Ofcom has announced proposals to introduce new rules to force BT to maintain a minimum margin between its wholesale and retail fibre network charges. The move comes as BT is in talks with the owners of EE to acquire the UK’s largest mobile operator in a bid to become the dominant player in the entire UK telecoms market with a quad-play offering of fixed, mobile, broadband and TV services.

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EC launches public consultation on future use of 700MHz

The European Commission (EC) has announced a public consultation on the future use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) 700MHz spectrum band. It is currently mostly used by the broadcasting sector in much of Europe, but it is increasingly sought after by telecoms providers for wireless broadband.

Orange Switzerland will soon be French-owned

EC expands scrutiny of Orange’s Jazztel bid

The European Commission (EC) has decided to expand on its assessment of the proposed acquisition bid by Orange for Jazztel. The EC announced the in-depth investigation is to determine whether the proposed acquisition is in line with EU merger regulation.

Andrus Ansep is worried about division on telecoms single market plans

Europe urges telecoms single market €260 billion opportunity

European Commission (EC) VP Andrus Ansip has said creating a digital single market across the 28 EU member states will benefit Europe by €260 billion a year, “potentially more”, as he put it. He claimed it is vital, and crucially depends on forming a telecoms single market first as a basis.

Neelie Kroes urged for unity in the European telecoms sector in final keynote

Kroes’ final plea for EU digital harmony, Hungary mulls internet tax

Neelie Kroes, the outgoing Digital Agenda VP at the European Commission (EC), has urged the telecoms industry and EU member states to end digital divide. Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Kroes claimed Europe is still split between “the digital haves and the analogue have-nots.”

Neelie Kroes urged for unity in the European telecoms sector in final keynote

EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model. This comes as BNetza proposed MTRs for Sipgate Wireless 80% higher than in most EU countries. […]

EC considers a softer a approach to roaming price caps

EC to soften roaming caps blow for telcos – report

The European Commission’s (EC) plans to abolish retail roaming rates within EU altogether by 2016 could be changed to a watered-down ‘fair-use’ policy instead, according to a draft report seen by the Financial Times.

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EU single market package draws closer to approval

The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) has voted to approve the telecoms single market package proposed by the European Commission. The package, outlined in September 2013, aims to abolish roaming rates within the EU as well as coordinate spectrum assignment across the region. It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more and cross borders with their offerings.

European lawmakers have called for a common charger to be used for all mobile handsets sold in the EU

MEPs call for universal device charger

European lawmakers have called for a common charger to be used for all mobile handsets sold in the EU. MEPs said that such that introducing a universal charger would reduce waste, cost and hassle for users. A draft outlining the legislation has been informally agreed with the EU’s Council of Ministers.

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

Smaller European operators oppose EU roaming directive

A coalition of 14 European mobile operators has warned of the damaging effects that the European Commission’s plans regarding the abolition of roaming charges could have on competition in the region.

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

GSMA’s Bouverot sends operator-backed open letter to Kroes calling for European reform

The director general of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, has sent an open letter to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes calling for policy reform that will encourage investment in Europe’s telecoms sector. Bouverot secured endorsements from the CEOs of ten European operators with a combined European mobile customer base of almost three quarters of a billion subscriptions, according to data from Informa’s World Cellular Investors service.

EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements in France and Spain with Orange

Orange includes European roaming in high-end contracts

French operator group Orange has said it has included roaming services in high-end tariffs for customers travelling across its entire European footprint. The operator has also launched an online portal to enable customers to remotely top up mobile credit for over 350 operators globally.

The European Commission has said that its proposals to reform of the EU telecoms market are unlikely to gain approval before September or October 2014

European telecoms reform faces delay

Further restrictions on European roaming charges are now likely to be introduced in September or October, rather than July as originally planned. In its initial proposals to reform the EU telecoms market, the European Commission intended to ban incoming call charges for roaming citizens within the region by July 1st 2014.

Telefónica and Orange grow European startups

European operator groups Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to help the region’s technology startups to grow into global internet firms. The EC said it plans to “take on Silicon Valley” with the launch of two initiatives; an acceleration programme called the Startup Europe Partnership and a think tank called the European Digital Forum.

Kroes suggests telcos need to embrace the OTT relationship.

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, this week outlined her intentions to transform education across the EU using information and communications technology (ICT). Kroes, along with the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, plan to unveil new proposals to reform education in Europe next week.

Neelie Kroes spoke at the GSMA's Mobile 360 event in Brussels

Kroes outlines controversial “open data” plan for Europe

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has outlined a five-point plan to support the evolution of Europe’s telecoms sector. Part of her plan called for the industry to share experiences, data and infrastructure, claiming that this is the way business must evolve to benefit the industry. She also called on Europe’s telecoms industry to focus now on developing 5G networks, a point that the GSMA’s director general appeared to take exception to.

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

EC and GSMA at odds over single market reform

The European Commission is once again pushing its agenda to transform the EU’s 28 telecoms markets into one single market. Research undertaken by the EC found that mobile users across the EU face huge price differences for the same services.

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EC “in a muddle” over single market rules

A telecoms consultancy has identified discrepancies in the European Commission’s plans to create a single European telecoms market, lending credence to fears voiced by EU mobile operators.

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