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The IIC in Europe

The Digital Single Market is a key topic for discussion at IIC meetings. We hold at least one global event per year in Europe and numerous local chapter meetings that are free for members.


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  • Monday, 23 January 2017

Key speakers on Europe

Antonio López-Istúriz White

Antonio López-Istúriz White

Ben Wreschner

Ben Wreschner

Charlotte Holloway

Charlotte Holloway

Chee Kheong Foong

Chee Kheong Foong

Christian Wiese Svanberg

Christian Wiese Svanberg

Elena Scaramuzzi

Elena Scaramuzzi

Talks on Europe

  • Q&A – Manuel Kohnstamm

    Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global

  • 5G consultation opened in Europe

    The European Commission has opened a consultation on a coordinated introduction of 5G networks in Europe.

  • A joint paper by the French and the German Competition Authority

    A joint paper by the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) and the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) on data and competition, provides background on the approach to data likely to be taken by two of the most active competition authorities in the EU, a blog at Bird & Bird notes.

  • Accessibility deal for European public sector websites

    A deal to make public sector websites more accessible – particularly to those with disabilities – has been agreed by the three European Union institutions, notes Ars Technica.

  • Bahrain approves new telecoms plan

    There are a number of developments underway in Bahrain which will improve both services and infrastructure, notes BuddeComm.

  • BEREC issues net neutrality recommendations

    The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has published draft guidelines on the implementation by regulators of new EU net neutrality rules and is seeking the views of stakeholders, with the consultation closing on 18 July.

  • Brazil regulates on disabled access

    Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved a regulation to ensure access to telecoms services and equipment for people with hearing, visual, motor and cognitive disabilities on an equal basis with others, both in urban and rural areas, notes Telecom Paper.

  • Brazilian regulator agrees corrective measures with operator

    Anatel, Brazil's national telecoms Agency (Anatel) has approved an investment program and corrective measures proposed by operator Oi and worth an estimated BRL3.2 billion, notes Telecom Paper.

  • Canada upholds wholesale fibre regulation

    Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, science and economic development, has upheld the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to extend wholesale broadband regulation to fibre to the home.

  • China’s fourth telecoms player

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) has granted a telecoms licence to China Broadcasting Network (CBN), creating a fourth player, but the move is unlikely to speed up broadcasting-telecoms network convergence in the country, reports Mobile World Live.

More InterMedia articles on Europe

  • News from around the Globe

    Andrus Ansip (left), European commissioner leading the digital single market project team, and Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society, at the strategy launch in May.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Euro Insight

    The IIC’s spring TMF in Brussels took place a few months into the work of the new European Commission, as Cristina Murroni reports.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • News from around the Globe

    The victory for net neutrality for pressure groups such as Credo owes much to President Obama. And a paper from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society finds that “the net neutrality debate is the first major example of a successful campaign to achieve an affirmative rule change in the teeth of well-organised lobbying opposition”.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Q&A With Madeleine de Cock Buning

    President of the Dutch Media Authority.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • The Sky Is A Limit

    The growing interest in using pilotless drone aircraft is bringing new regulatory challenges, writes Leonidas Kanellos.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Q&A with Fatima Barros

    Fatima Barros, chair of Portugal’s regulator, Anacom, and also BEREC
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Smartphones: Liberation or limits?

    As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access
    the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.
    Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK

    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Taming the oligopolists

    Sumit Sharma extends the argument for using competition policy rather than regulation for convergent networks by looking at oligopoly models.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • A TMT Agenda

    H Sama Nwana makes a passionate case for promoting TMT and not just telecoms in Africa – a case that could benefit all developing nations.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Friendly foes

    How can network operators and service providers settle value for their wares in a converged world, where services are network agnostic? sumit sharma presents a bargaining framework that could unite all players in a ‘game’
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Gearing up for Regulation 2.0

    Georg Serentschy develops the regulatory picture in Europe and argues for a much more ambitious agenda for investment.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Intermedia, July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

    REGULATORY TRADE-OFFS
    Peter Alexiadis concludes his tour of the tradeoffs inherent in communications regulation

    NEXT STEPS FOR AUDIOVISUAL
    Europe’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive is under review, with global implications

    TAKING STOCK OF 5G
    5G is likely to be disruptive, but not in all the ways that are currently being put forward

    SMARTPHONES: A DIGITAL DIVIDE?
    They could be if it’s the only device you have

  • Meeting a New Agenda

    The internet governance calendar is more packed than ever. Wolfgang Kleinwachter charts the key events that could shape an agenda for 2025.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Stand and deliver

    As the OECD prepares for a ministerial meeting on the digital economy, Jørgen Abild Andersen argues that the highest level of coordination among many government departments is needed to deliver its aims


    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Intermedia, April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
    Many of the new SDGs have an explicit role for ICT. What are the issues for making it work?

    REGULATION FOR CONVERGENCE
    Monica Ariño puts forward three pillars for framework reform in pursuit of convergence

    DATA PROTECTION IN EUROPE
    The new data protection regulation has got the green light: Maurizio Mensi covers the details

    DEALING WITH DIGITAL DISRUPTION 
    A view from the IIC’s incoming president

  • Making Access Universal

    Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Poles of Excellence

    Many countries are keen to foster policies that help develop world class ICT centres. To this end, GIUDITTA DE PRATO and DANIEL NEPELSKI describe a European project that maps and measures ICT ‘poles of excellence’.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • The agenda for spectrum

    Martin Cave and William Webb, authors of a new book on spectrum management, set out trends in usage and an agenda to improve spectrum use

    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • 21st Century Privacy Fix

    With pressure mounting for new personal data privacy rules, Nancy Libin and Joshua Bercu assess the current state of play in the US and EU.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Dealing with Disruption

    As regulators start to fundamentally review their remits, Chris Chapman, the incoming president of the IIC and chair of Australia’s ACMA, details the extent of digital disruption and possible regulatory response, in this two-part article.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Intermedia, January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
    Many of the new SDGs have an explicit role for ICT. What are the issues for making it work?

    REGULATION FOR CONVERGENCE
    Monica Ariño puts forward three pillars for framework reform in pursuit of convergence

    DATA PROTECTION IN EUROPE
    The new data protection regulation has got the green light: Maurizio Mensi covers the details

    DEALING WITH DIGITAL DISRUPTION 
    A view from the IIC’s incoming president

  • Platforms of Power

    The rise of content and media intermediaries such as Google and Facebook as digital gatekeepers raises major policy and regulation concerns, writes Robin Mansell.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Dark Clouds?

    Are regulations being applied to cloud computing in a way that stimulates innovation, asks Kuan Hon.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Intermedia, September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

    REGULATION: A TIPPING POINT
    Brian Williamson discusses how OTT is focusing minds on transition in telecoms markets

    INTERNET OF THINGS
    Part one of a comprehensive briefing on the technical and regulatory issues, by Ian Brown

    EUROPE IN THE ROUND
    The major communications review in Europe puts global policy trade-offs in focus

    MEDIA LITERACY
    Engaging children in the digital age

  • Moral Fibre

    Should policymakers 'do what is right' and promote all-fibre broadband networks? Catherine Middleton weighs up the arguments

    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Privacy Research Directions

    Views and new studies about privacy from researchers at Aalborg University, Denmark
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Final Countdown to Data Protection

    A long overdue reform in European data protection law has finally taken shape, as Maurizio Mensi explains.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Intermedia, June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

    PRIVACY REVIEW
    How regulation about data privacy is taking shape in the US, and a comparison with Europe

    AFRICA’S TMT AGENDA
    H Sama Nwana makes a strong case for holistic TMT to reach underserved people

    TAMING THE OLIGOPOLISTS
    Applying oligopoly competition models to regulate convergent networks

    TROUBLE WITH DRONES
    Legal and regulatory factors for flying machines

  • Public Interest Test

    Continuing our coverage of spectrum auctions, Stefan Zehle explores further the pitfalls and implications for the public purse, drawing on key examples from the past decade.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Video’s Demands

    Trends in internet video services are becoming apparent, and regulatory and competition agencies need to respond, as Augusto preta reports.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Impact of the Sharing Economy

    The modern sharing economy is small but growing - and enabled by the internet. John Ure discusses its possible impact and where regulation may be heading, with particular reference to Asia.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Intermedia, March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

    INTERNET GOVERNANCE AGENDA: Amid the many meetings and bodies, an agenda for the next ten years is emerging.

    TESTING TELECOMS ASSUMPTIONS
    How much of current policy is based on a rigorous evidence base, Roslyn Layton asks.

    THE SHARING ECONOMY
    John Ure describes the growing impact of the various aspects of the new sharing world.

    SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
    Key examples for current decision making.

  • Ofcom’s Surprise

    One of the world’s bellwether regulators has announced a surprise strategic review. Tom Kiedrowski discusses what’s behind it.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Searching For The Creative Economy

    Ian Hargreaves  pieces together projects and evidence that are defining a crucial, technology driven sector of the economy.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • The meaning of net neutrality

    The dust has finally begun to settle on the new US and European net neutrality laws. Richard Feasey compares and contrasts
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • A Tipping Point For Regulation

    With the rise of OTT there's no doubt we are in the midst of transition in telecoms markets - but how best to respond, asks Brian Williamson.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Competition and Big Data

    The legal highlights of a joint report by the French and German competition authorities on the use of data are discussed by Tim Cowen.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Converging on Digital

    Taking the current European reform as model, Monica Ariño puts forward three key pillars for regulatory framework reform in pursuit of convergence.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Europe in the Round

    The EU framework review has trade-offs that can't be ignored in communications policy, writes Peter Alexiadis in part one of an analysis of the issues.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Europe in the Round (Part 2)

    Peter Alexiadis concludes his tour of the trade-offs inherent in communications regulation.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Europe's New Code for OTT

    There are few issues more fraught than how to deal with over the top services. ANDREAS GRÜNWALD and CHRISTOPH NÜSSING examine Europe’s draft code.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Facilitation vs Regulation

    Should governments be putting more emphasis on industrial policy and developmental approaches in ICT, ask Morten Falch and Anders Henten.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Focusing ICT On The New UN Development Goals

    How can ICT best be deployed to advance the new Sustainable Development Goals? M-H Carolyn Nguyen and Paul Mitchell review the history and current position.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • News From Around The Globe

    Where cables land: a still from an impressive animation by Business Insider on submarine cables around the world, produced from TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map, a free resource that allows data to be downloaded.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Next Steps for Audiovisual Regulation

    Highlights of the review of Europe’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive are explored by Lorna Woods. Changes in how video-sharing platforms  are judged could have major global implications for service providers.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Openings for Zero Rating

    Zero rating is a highly controversial aspect of the internet. AUGUSTO PRETA and PENG PENG provide a cost-benefit analysis amid the context of net neutrality.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Protect and Roam

    Matt Hatton reviews the main regulatory trends in the world of M2M and the internet of things.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Q&A with Celene Craig

    Celine CRAIG, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland – Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann
    Newsletter Issue 38

  • Q&A with Wilhelm Eschweiler

    Vice president of Germany's BNetzA
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Radio Crossroads

    Richard Womersley sets the scene for the upcoming world radio conference, where the agenda for mobile spectrum is likely to dominate proceedings.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Single Minded

    The IIC’s TMF in Brussels was a comprehensive examination of ongoing digital single market issues, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports. 
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

    As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.  Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Spectrum Clash

    The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Taking Stock of 5G

    The hype about the next generation of mobile technology is likely to gather pace in the next few years, but currently there is a lot of scepticism about whether it qualifies as an integrated, great leap in progress, as Marc Beishon finds in this round-up
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • The Agenda for Europe

    GEORG SERENTSCHY sets out the agenda for Europe in 2017, which looks likely to be critical in developing aspirations for the digital single market.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • TV in a mobile world

    Can broadcasting make the step into an increasingly mobile world? Roland Beutler discusses technology and business models in the context of public service remits, mobile network operators and the new world of 5G.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

Regulatory Watch articles on Europe

  • UK body urges competitive mobile landscape

    Make The Air Fair, an initiative established to urge UK regulator Ofcom to curb BT’s dominance of the mobile industry, has received support from more than 100,000 people for a proposed cap on the amount of spectrum operators can own, repots Mobile World Live.

  • Europe’s smaller operators stress that regulation must not favour incumbents

    The European Commission has adopted the “Building the European data economy" package consisting of a communication and a staff working document, policy documents that aim to inform stakeholders on a consultation on the European data economy.

  • Spain to collect copying levy

    The Spanish government is preparing to include cloud storage, smartphones, tablets and hard drives in a new private copy levy designed to replace the previous “digital canon” declared illegal...

  • UK conducts cybersecurity review

    The UK government has announced the launch of a national cybersecurity review following the publication of a report by US intelligence agencies accusing Russia of a campaign to manipulate the recent US elections, reports Telecompaper.

  • Switzerland reports on net neutrality

    Switzerland set up its Network Neutrality Arbitration Board in 2015 and has now published an annual report for 2015/16, which details seven requests and two recommendations.

  • Norway turns off FM stations

    Norway is turning off its FM radio stations, making good on a decision made in April 2016, and following a radio digitisation mandate issued by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) in 2011.

  • Europe proposes to update privacy

    The European Commission has proposed legislation to update current privacy rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers.

  • Rules for connected cars in Europe are coming

    The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connected vehicles, report EurActiv.

  • Germany adopts transparency law on contracts and performance

    The German parliament has adopted legislation requiring telephone and internet providers to inform their customers about contract limits and network performance, notes Telecompaper.

  • Hungary uses net neutrality rules to ban zero rating

    Hungary’s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has invoked the EU net neutrality rules to order the country’s largest fixed and mobile operator Magyar Telekom to cease zero rating selected over the top (OTT) internet video services for its mobile users, reports TeleGeography.

  • Court decision on Uber expected in March

    A legal decision which has potential ramifications for Uber, technology firms, the digital economy and many thousands of taxi drivers is expected no sooner than March at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), reports Ars Technica,...

  • Europe makes more moves on roaming

    The European Council has agreed on a solution to end roaming fees in 2017 while lessening the impact on mobile operators, reports EurActiv. But consumer organisations have warned that operators may hike domestic prices as compensation,...

  • Bulgaria decides on telephone markets

    Bulgaria's telecom authority, CRC, has adopted a final decision on the definition, analysis and assessment of three markets: access to the public telephone network at a fixed location for residential and business consumers; publicly available national telephone services provided at a fixed location for residential and business consumers;...

  • Arcep goes forward with crowdsourcing data for regulation in France

    France’s regulator, Arcep, says it is taking another step towards crowdsourcing to reflect users’ experience as accurately as possible, as part of a data-centric approach to regulation. It says it has decided to bring changes to its scoreboards...

  • EU audiovisual regulator group makes plans

    During its recent plenary meeting in Brussels the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) adopted its report on accessibility, established its work programme for 2017 and re-elected Madeleine de Cock Buning (Netherlands) as chair,...

  • EU Council of Ministers agrees on digital development policy aims

    The EU’s Council of Ministers has issued conclusions on mainstreaming digital solutions and technologies in EU development policy, as adopted by the Council at a meeting held on 28 November. It says the exponential spread and scale-up of information and communication technologies (ICT), including the internet, have “profound global implications”,...

  • Brexit could mean tougher merger policy in the UK

    British regulators should be given wider powers to block mergers, particularly if a company has strategic significance, after the country’s exit from the European Union, Sharon White, head of regulator Ofcom has said. Reuters reports...

  • Public WiFi plan in Europe takes shape

    EU member states have given their backing for the WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to bring WiFi to public areas. At a meeting of the Telecoms Council, EU ministers approved a partial general approach on the European Commission's proposal...

  • GSMA makes detailed response to Europe’s draft communications code

    Mobile body, the GSMA, has published a position paper on the European Commission’s reform proposals set out in the draft Electronic Communications Code. The report stresses overall support for the Commission’s intent and focus, while proposing improvements in certain key areas.

  • Ofcom’s plans for the wholesale market

    Ofcom says it is proceeding to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, “after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address our competition concerns”. Openreach is the division of BT Group that develops and maintains the UK’s main telecoms network.

  • European Commission approves France’s state aid for broadband

    The European Commission has found the French national broadband scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme involves investments of 13 billion euro and aims to bring very high speed broadband everywhere in France without unduly distorting competition.

  • Sweden’s regulator orders duct sharing for community association

    Sweden’s Post & Telecom Agency (PTS) has ordered incumbent telco Telia to provide access to its cabling ducts to allow a community association to deploy its own fibre broadband network, in the first settlement dispute under a new law...

  • UK advertising regulator to rule on internet speed claims

    UK broadband companies will be made to change the way they advertise their internet speeds, under regulator plans, notes the BBC. “The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of speeds ‘up to’ a certain amount are confusing...

  • Germany plans ‘gigabit society’ infrastructure

    The German government has laid out a plan to roll out infrastructure for 1 Gbps download speeds in the country by 2025, reports Telecompaper.

  • PTS discontinues auction of the 700 MHz band

    The Swedish government has decided that the 694-790 MHz frequency band should be available for terrestrial television broadcasting subject to a permit obligation up to and including 31 May 2018, which revokes the decision made by the government in 2014 to release the space for other use.

  • Much to digest in Europe’s telecoms reform

    The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web. As the authors say: “The new regulations are meant to support several of the Commission’s far-reaching strategic connectivity objectives...

  • Ireland’s Eir hits back at universal obligation

    Ireland’s former state operator, Eir, has brought a legal challenge against a decision by regulator ComReg which it says “significantly constrains its ability to freely conduct its business affairs” and its ability to compete with other communication services providers, reports the Irish Examiner.

  • Ofcom moves to help small businesses choose broadband

    UK businesses will receive more accurate and reliable information on broadband speeds before they sign up to a contract, under new protections that have come into force. As part of a new Ofcom Code, providers also have to commit to resolve any problems that businesses have with broadband speeds effectively, and allow customers to exit their contract at any point if speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level.

  • France’s Digital Republic Act now in force

    On 7 October, the French Digital Republic Act (Loi n°2016-1321 pour une République numérique) came into force following a process which began in December 2015 to amend the laws regulating various aspects of the digital economy in France, notes law firm Fieldfisher. The law introduces new provisions that will regulate the digital economy as a whole (such as open data, online cooperative economy, revenge porn and access to the internet).

  • Zero-rating ban in the Netherlands comes under fire

    Strict net neutrality rules recently adopted by the Netherlands are jeopardising the development of the digital single market (DSM), the mobile body, the GSMA, has warned. As Total Telecom reports, amendments to the Telecommunications Act that ban zero rating – where usage of a certain service or category of services does not count against a customer's data allowance – have been passed by the Dutch Senate.

  • Europe’s audit of cybersecurity incidents

    The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the cybersecurity body, has issued a report on the root causes of incidents and an aggregated level at which services and network assets are impacted. Incidents are reported on an annual basis by telecom regulators under Article 13a of the Framework Directive (2009/140/EC) to ENISA and the European Commission.

  • Telenor wades into UK broadband debate

    Norway’s Telenor has warned the UK regulator Ofcom that pursuing a ‘legal separation’ of BT and its Openreach unit is a ‘dead end’, in a sign that European telecoms companies fear Britain could set a dangerous precedent for the sector, a story in the Financial Times reports.

  • Committee is critical on geo-blocking and roaming progress in Europe

    The EU has not delivered on its promise to abolish obstacles to the free movement of goods and services for consumers, says the European Economic and Social Committee, ‘Europe's voice for civil society’, in three opinions on geo-blocking, roaming and parcel delivery – and concludes that Europe ‘can do better’ in making the single market a reality for consumers.

  • Report on regional and local broadcasting in Europe

    The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published an analysis of the current state of regional and local broadcasting in Europe, writes Broadband TV News.

  • Meaning of Brexit for telecoms regulation

    Self-styled telecoms policy wonk, Ewan Sutherland, has looked at what the UK’s ‘Brexit’ will mean for regulation. As he says: “The vote for Brexit means the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union (EU) and, consequently, to play a role in the development of the rules applied to the single market.

  • Cryptocurrencies: not disruptive but opening up new uses

    TA report from Citi Research does not view cryptocurrencies as a disruptive threat to banks or card networks, noting that centralised domestic payment systems provide a relatively good experience.

  • FCC receives zero-rating complaints; BEREC is lobbied

    The FCC has received more than 100,000 complaints from Americans calling on the regulator to take strong enforcement action if and when companies violate the FCC's Open Internet Order with zero-rating schemes. 

  • Data-driven regulation in France

    Arcep, France's telecoms regulator, has described how it will use 'data-driven' regulation to steer the market in the right direction.

  • OECD ministerial meeting is launchpad for ‘One Internet’ report

    One Internet, the final report and recommendations of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, was released at the OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy in Cancún, Mexico, in June.

  • Top nations pull ahead in ICT clout

    The Global Information Technology Report 2016 from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in ICT.

  • Competition barriers in South Africa

    "The structure of South Africa's economy welcomes few entrants. It is highly concentrated with insiders firmly entrenched. Widening access to the economy, according to the results of a set of studies released this week, will require a concerted and collaborative effort by the government to alter the economic landscape, remove barriers to entry, enhance competition and foster inclusive growth."

  • New Zealand published utility-style options paper

    New Zealand has issued an options paper on its ongoing review of its telecoms act. It provides more detail on the proposed 'utility-style' regulatory framework for fixed line communication services and communications minister, Amy Adams.

  • Europe adopts privacy shield

    The European Commission has adopted the EU-US privacy shield, a framework that "protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the US as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers".

  • Dutch regulator warns on net neutrality; will relax fixed line market

    The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is warning telecoms companies that the new European rules on net neutrality must be applied correctly.

  • Belgium fines Skype for ‘escaping’ telecoms rules

    The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has fined VoIP operator Skype 223,454 euro for its failure to identify itself as a provider of electronic communications services via its SkypeOut service, notes TeleGeography.

  • FCC first to open up high frequencies

    The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband

  • Data retention in Europe may be legal

    One of Europe's top legal advisers thinks the data retention laws in Sweden and the UK may be 'legit' but with strict conditions, reports Fortune.

  • Spectrum order in the Philippines

    The chief of the new Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the inventory of used and unused telecoms spectrum, reports Telecom Asia.

  • 5G manifesto calls for relaxation in net neutrality

    In a 5G manifesto, a group of European telecoms service providers and equipment manufacturers have called for a relaxation of net neutrality rules, reports TeleGeography.

  • Italian regulator looks at OTT services; broadband plan approved

    Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has published the results of a study into electronic communications services, and in particular over the top (OTT) social messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, notes TeleGeography.

  • Commission accepts Germany’s vectoring plans

    The European Commission has accepted the German regulator's proposal to allow Deutsche Telekom to roll out VDSL vectoring, after Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) made changes to the wholesale regulations, notes Telecompaper.

  • Much to digest in Europe’s telecoms reform

    The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web.

  • Commission’s leak reveals faster broadband target

    The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 Mbits/s by 2025 and is calling for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.

  • UK gets tough on data breaches

    The UK government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended a prison sentence of up to two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.

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