EU

EU wants to make copper less attractive

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced a public consultation looking for ways to make copper-based telecommunications networks less attractive to operators in a bid to spur investment in fiber.

EU roaming proposals end the market as we know it today

Wednesday’s European Commission announcement on proposed changes to mobile roaming tariffs will effectively end the EU mobile roaming market as it stands today. According to Informa senior analyst Paul Lambert, the Commission’s proposed requirement that operators open their networks to other providers has “consigned to history the bi-lateral approach to striking roaming wholesale agreements which has been in place since the advent of GSM.”

EU-China spat brewing over telecoms subsidies

An internally distributed study undertaken by China’s Ministry of Commerce reportedly suggests imminent action against the EU for its subsidisation of major telecoms infrastructure companies.

EC calls for end to roaming charges

Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, on Thursday blasted roaming costs as an “outdated concept”.

EC plans “broadband-for-all” for 2013

The European Commission (EC) this week proposed a five-year plan for the award and harmonisation of radio spectrum within the EU to boost the deployment and take up of fast and ultra-fast broadband.

EU rules against Portugal’s use of golden share in Brazil deal

Spanish incumbent operator Telefónica is still chasing its Brazilian dream after the European Court of Justice ruled that the Portuguese Government’s use of a so called ‘golden share’ to block Telefónica’s acquisition of Vivo was unlawful.

Ofcom to investigate net neutrality

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.

EU Data Retention Directive – Golden rules for ISPs

In early 2009 the UK Home Office announced the second phase of the European Union Data Retention Directive (EUDRD). As a result, the responsibility for storing and managing all internet communication data is to be placed with internet service providers (ISPs) and the ramifications of the legislation will impact ISPs in a number of ways as there are several key considerations that need to be made to ensure they fulfil its requirements.

European Parliament passes telecoms reforms

After two years of wrangling, the European Parliament has formally approved the EU’s telecoms reform package, ushering in a new wave of consumer protection, and quite possibly, operator headaches.

Europe to slash mobile costs by €2bn

The European Commission is seeking to cut the cost of mobile phone calls yet further by imposing new caps on termination rates – the wholesale fees operators charge each other to connect a call from another network.

European telecoms weathering economic storm

The European telecoms sector continued to grow throughout 2008 outperforming the rest of the regional economy, according to figures released by the European Commission this week.

Commissioner’s axe hangs above EU text and data prices

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has been sharpening her axe again this week, proposing to cut the price of roaming text messages by as much as 60 per cent by next summer. On Tuesday the European Commission warned that EU citizens travelling in other EU countries should pay no more than Eur0.11 per SMS compared […]

Europe calls for better access to fibre networks

The European Commission has called for fixed line operators to allow rivals easier access to their next generation fibre networks, in a bid to stimulate competition and adoption of next generation services. On Thursday the EC launched a public consultation on the regulatory principles to be applied by EU member states to Next Generation Access […]

Mobile rate cuts to raise prices elsewhere

The European operator community has stepped up its attack on the European Commission’s proposals to cut mobile termination charges. The results of an operator sponsored report are out and they make uncomfortable reading for low and medium users of mobile services in Europe. In June, EU telecoms minister Viviane Reding proposed to bring mobile phone […]

Reding sets SMS cuts

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has said she wanted to see roaming fees for text messages fall by up to 70 per cent. The decision to clamp down on data will come as no surprise to the carriers. Reding said earlier in the year that she would turn her attention towards data having forced roaming […]

Roamers outside Europe paying price for reduced rates

European mobile operators have raised the price of roaming calls into the European Union by as much as 163 per cent as they seek to offset losses from reduced charges within Europe. The introduction of the Eurotariff in June, and its enforcement in September, capped European roaming charges at 49 eurocents per minute for calls […]

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Polls

What role will consumers expect telcos to play when COVID-19 is behind us?

  • As a reliable utility similar to the role they have managed to play during the pandemic (45%, 13 Votes)
  • Rolling out new technologies and services to support new customer behaviours (28%, 8 Votes)
  • Turning special service offerings during the pandemic into standard offerings (17%, 5 Votes)
  • As a digital platform that they have struggled to change into since the pre-COVID times (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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