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Operators call for lighter regulation to help fight OTTs

A group of European operators, including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and KPN, have written to the President of the European Council urging lighter touch regulation to help them compete with OTTs.

Ofcom increases scrutiny of BT with dark fibre proposal

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to reduce BT’s dominance of the UK fixed line market by announcing proposals that would oblige BT to open up its so called ‘dark fibre’ for use by competitors.

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Internet usage doubled since 2005, Ofcom says

Ofcom has released its annual summary of online activity, and revealed the average internet user now spends more than twice as much time online every week than those in 2005 did. Nearly 90% of all adults in the UK are now using the internet, the regulator said.

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Google responds to antitrust investigations opened by EC

As has been long mooted, the European Commission has officially announced a Statement of Objections against Google on its comparison shopping service, while also opening a separate formal investigation on Android. Google, predictably, has come out with its view of the matter.

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US telcos file lawsuit against FCC net neutrality ruling

The FCC’s February net neutrality ruling is turning into the industry’s ongoing soap opera, with news emerging out of the United States that USTelecom, the association representing pretty much all of the country’s telcos, is filing a lawsuit against the FCC. The association claims the regulator’s open Internet order violates federal law.

BT battles to keep Openreach amid growing regulatory pressure

As the clamour for BT to be forced to spin off its wholesale broadband division – Openreach – in the light of its proposed move back into the mobile network business, BT has found an unlikely ally in Virgin Media. According to an FT report the two sent a joint letter to Ofcom, inevitably arguing that opening up the UK broadband market will be bad for consumers.

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Ofcom announces 2015/2016 annual plan

Ofcom has announced its 2015/2016 annual plan setting out priorities and other important work for the period. The regulator said the plan is based on a detailed consultation with stakeholders and is aimed at ensuring the market best serves both consumers and businesses.

BT broadband rival CityFibre submits complaint over EE bid – report

UK-based broadband infrastructure specialist CityFibre has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) saying BT’s proposed acquisition of EE will be anti-competitive and damage the government’s ‘ultrafast’ broadband roll-out plans, a report has claimed.

Ofcom confirms BT broadband price margin rule

Following an assessment launched in January, Ofcom has confirmed a new measure it said will ensure good competition and encourage investment in the UK ‘superfast’ broadband market. Under the rule BT is obliged to maintain ‘sufficient’ margin between its wholesale and retail broadband network charges to avoid unfair competitive edge.

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Ofcom announces once-in-a-decade digital comms review

Ofcom has announced an overall strategic review of digital communications in the UK to assess competition, investment, innovation and product availability within the broadband, mobile and landline markets. The regulator said the aim is to determine how well the rules set after the last major review a decade ago have worked.

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European Council considering U-turn on roaming and net neutrality

More than 100 members of European Parliament (MEPs) have signed an open letter to the European Union’s Telecoms Council, urging it to reconsider the stance being taken on two topics of significant consequence for telecoms and ICT business across the continent: roaming and net neutrality. The Council released a statement effectively conceding that a partial U-turn may be on the cards.

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US telcos slam FCC net neutrality rulings

AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have all denounced the FCC’s net neutrality ruling, which saw a reclassification of broadband as a telecoms service under Title II. All three were staunch in their opposition to the ruling, releasing official statements declaring their disagreement, while the threat of future litigation looms due to the narrow majority of the vote. […]

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Ofcom launches consultation on spectrum licence fee changes

Ofcom has launched a consultation to determine whether the recently agreed extended mobile coverage obligations should affect operators’ annual spectrum licence fees. Under the new rules, which shifted Ofcom’s historical focus from population to geographical coverage, operators are obliged to reach 90% of UK landmass each by the end of 2017.

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Ofcom announces UK IoT strategy

Ofcom has announced it is putting in place a strategy to ensure the UK has a leading role in the development of the internet of things. The competition authority said by working together with the industry and government it wants to create a “regulatory environment” that promotes investment and innovation in the IoT space.

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Merger of O2 and 3 not an instant fix, say analysts

Following confirmation form both Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica the two indeed are in official talks over the sale of Telefónica’s O2 to 3’s owner Hutchison, industry analysts have been quick to offer their views on how this proposed bid would affect the UK mobile market if approved. It seems it is a thorny issue.

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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Televisa closes Iucasell stake sale, acquires Telecable

Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa has acquired telco firm Telecable, the trading name of Cablevision Red, for MXN3 billion. Coinciding with the acquisition, the conglomerate also announced the closing of the sale of its 50% stake in Iucasell to the operator’s other owner Grupo Salinas.

Altice is keeping busy in the M&A space

Altice completes SFR acquisition, gets thumbs up for Virgin buy

French cable group Altice has completed its acquisition of mobile operator SFR from Vivendi for €13.66 billion. Meanwhile ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator has given the go-ahead for Altice to also acquire Virgin Mobile France.

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