US suspends ZTE trade sanctions

In a move which could be seen as a win for everyone involved, the US has given ZTE a reprieve from the trade sanctions placed on it a fortnight ago.

Battle emerges over LTE-U and wifi coexistence

Major players from the North American telecoms industry have written to the FCC in staunch opposition of a recent Wi-Fi Alliance request for stringent testing on coexistence regulations between LTE-U and wifi devices.

Swisscom risks fine over anticompetitive sports broadcasting

Swisscom has rejected an allegation by the country’s competition watchdog that its pay TV unit Teleclub is abusing its dominant position and must sell its service to third-party service providers in a fair and non-discriminatory way, reports Digital TV Europe.

Europe curtails frivolous patent wrangling

The European Union’s Court of Justice has set limits and procedures on how competitors in any given market are able to challenge each other on patent infringement grounds.

Ofcom review to consider break up of BT

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has completed the first phase of its strategic review of digital communications and revealed a major focus is whether or not to separate Openreach from BT.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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