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.
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'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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What is the status of international copyright reform in the digital age? TED SHAPIRO contrasts efforts at the World Intellectual Property Organisation with ongoing reform in the EU as part of the digital single market initiative.
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
Pai was appointed as a commissioner by Barack Obama in 2012. Among his views: “Given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.”
We got there in the end: The European Commission makes a big point about ‘roam like at home’, the end of mobile roaming charges in the European Union on 15 June, a ban that has taken ten years to negotiate.
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
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
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
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
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
Certain smartwatches for children can no longer be sold in Germany as some of these models are equipped with a “wiretapping” function, reports Deutsche Welle. Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, announced the ban saying that these watches can be classed as ‘unauthorised transmitters’.
Those tempted to buy illicit TV access devices such as the fabled Kodi box may get their fingers burned, literally, says a report from Electrical Safety First and FACT, one of the UK’s intellectual property protection organisations.
Fake news is a disease that European society needs to be “vaccinated” against, the EU’s digital commissioner Mariya Gabriel said as she opened a call for public comments on how the EU should respond to the spread of false information on internet platforms, reports Euractiv.
The tech industry is ‘relieved’ that Bulgaria’s nominee for European Commissioner will oversee digital policies, filling a gap left open for four months after Günther Oettinger transferred to the budget post, comments EurActiv.
The German telecoms regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, has issued a decision on Deutsche Telekom's zero-rated StreamOn offers, ruling that the scheme is legal, but the company must make some modifications, notes ZDNet.
Arcep, the French regulator, has launched a reporting platform that allows anyone to report any malfunction encountered in their relationship with their ISP, fixed or mobile telecoms operator, mail or parcel postal operator.
A review by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) evidence group, made up of researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Middlesex University and the University of Central Lancashire, has highlighted the major risks, opportunities and emerging trends for children online.
ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association, has issued a strong warning about the direction of the European Electronic Communications Code. It says it is “no ordinary legislation. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to unlock investment in world-class infrastructure, which is the core of a successful society and economy.
The European Council has granted the Estonian presidency a mandate to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on the new European Electronic Communications Code. “Our future is digital, and these rules are key to creating a gigabit society throughout the EU,” said Urve Palo, Estonia's Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.
A report for DG Connect at the European Commission examines the approaches used by member states for authorising and assigning spectrum with a view to determining which methods might be most appropriate in the context of future 5G services.
BEREC, the body of European regulators, has issued a statement on the need for a minimum set of competences for independent national regulators (NRAs) for the new European Electronic Communications Code, as follows. First, independence is critical...
EU member states have rejected a European Commission proposal to extend licences for wireless radio spectrum to last at least 25 years – one of the cornerstones of the EU executive’s new attempt to overhaul telecoms law, reports Euractiv.
Denmark’s telecoms regulator, the Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen), has published two documents outlining the framework for competition in the broadband market, with the new decisions set to enter into force on 17 November 2017, notes TeleGeography.
Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, has published rules for the cross-border marketing of mobile numbers which will further facilitate the global sale of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. “We're encouraging a future market. Connected cars and smart home applications can now be even better marketed worldwide.
US tech giants are back in Europe’s spotlight, reports the Financial Times. Facebook and Google are both in the headlines over sanctions from European authorities, with Google kicking off its fight against a €2.4bn EU fine for abusing its market dominant position by lodging a formal appeal at Luxembourg’s general court...
The Swiss Federal Council has adopted a partial revision of the Telecommunications Act (TCA), and the draft legislation will now be dealt with by parliament. The revision covers broadband services that are replacing traditional telecoms services and gives greater weight to consumer concerns,...
Companies must tell employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored without unduly infringing their privacy, the European Court of Human Rights said in a ruling on defining the scope of corporate email snooping, reports Reuters.
France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only on their profits, their finance ministers said in a joint letter, reports Reuters.
Europe's largest mobile telecoms companies have called on European Union governments to end their resistance to awarding wireless spectrum licences for at least 25 years to encourage investment and innovation, reports Reuters.
Ofcom, the UK regulator, is to auction licences to use 190 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands, increasing the airwaves available for mobile devices by almost one third. It intends to auction 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band, which is already supported by mobile devices from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung.
BEREC, the body of European regulators, has replied to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the ‘Commission guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of significant market power under the Community regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services’ (the ‘SMP guidelines’).
Belgium’s TMT regulators, Vlaamse Regulator voor de Media, Conseil supérieur de l’Audiovisuel, Medienrat and BIPT, have published draft decisions on broadband internet and broadcasting, concluding that the retail broadband internet and television broadcasting markets are still characterised by competition shortcomings.
Prices for customers roaming between Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were reduced on 1 July, in line with a 2014 agreement between the regulatory agencies of the respective nations, notes TeleGeography.
The UK government has added the word ‘digital’ to one of its departments – it is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, but will continue to be referred to as DCMS. “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include digital in the name.
Telecom Italia will go ahead with plans to roll out an ultrafast broadband network in rural or sparely populated areas of Italy despite objections from the government, the phone group's chief executive has said.
A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment “infesting” governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less, notes the Register.
The Spanish government has passed a draft bill that aims to reorganise competition regulation, and to improve supervision and regulation in the economic and financial domains, specifically the banking, capital markets, and insurance sectors, notes a report by JD Supra.
ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association, and others including GSMA Europe, have issued a joint statement on “saving Europe’s 5G ambition”, urging lawmakers to put 5G at the heart of telecoms reforms.
Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has launched a consultation on a draft decision related to price control obligations for bundled services, which it notes relate primarily to price control and transparency obligations for three markets...
A milestone was finally reached in the European Union on 15 June when roaming charges were eliminated under the ’roam like at home’ banner. “Over the last 10 years, our institutions have been working hard together to fix this market failure..."
Ofcom, the UK regulator, is planning to incentivise telecom providers to improve their customer service, as the UK Telegraph reports. “Customer service in telecoms trails behind other sectors,” Ofcom’s Ian Macrae, director of market intelligence, said.
In December 2016, BEREC, the body of European regulators, published a high-level opinion providing its initial evaluation of the European Commission’s proposals for the European electronic communications code and a draft BEREC regulation.
Norway should impose regulation ensuring that owners of mobile telephone networks are able to fully operate installations domestically, without relying on staff or technical systems located abroad, the country's telecoms regulator, Nkom,* has said, according to Reuters.
At the UIC World Conference on Rail Transport Telecoms, European rail bodies have stressed that the industry will need to make a clear and robust case for its future radio spectrum requirements as it works to develop a successor to GSM-R, reports Rail Journal.
Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, has opened an investigation into Deutsche Telekom’s StreamOn service to assess if it breaks EU net neutrality regulations, days after Sweden’s PTS commenced a similar probe into Telia’s offers, notes Mobile World Live.
EU member states are at odds with the European Commission (EC) over an extension to privacy legislation for communications providers, with some countries pushing for less restriction when analysing users’ data, reports Mobile World Live.
German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), has outlined plans to hold ISPs accountable for when customers should be compensated for not receiving promised broadband speeds, reports Telecoms.com.
Spanish competition regulator, CNMC, has approved the deregulation of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market in the country, a decision which removes access obligations placed on operators in 2006, notes Mobile World Live.
EU antitrust regulators are proposing to give national watchdogs in the 28-country bloc more power to crack down on anti-competitive practices and also to ward off political interference, reports Reuters.
The European Commission has opened a consultation on the review of the significant market power (SMP) guidelines of 2002 in preparing for the new electronic communications code. The guidelines set out principles for use by national telecoms regulators under the current European regulatory framework...
Europe’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has warned companies against using algorithms to block rivals or form cartels, saying she may slap heftier fines on them if they use such software to commit wrongdoing, Reuters reports.
Starting this summer, Arcep, the French regulator, will require mobile operators to publish coverage maps that distinguish those areas with very good coverage, good coverage, limited coverage and no coverage for mobile calling and SMS texts.
The European regulators’ body, BEREC, organises an international mission to a country outside the EU each year, to get insights regarding the country’s electronic communications and digital markets and to promote bilateral relations.
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a study on media literacy, said to be the first major mapping exercise to survey the field in Europe,...
“Regulation – much like death and taxes – is inevitable and in protecting citizens and industry, ComReg will have to change its game,” writes John Kennedy in Silicon Republic, commenting on Ireland’s regulator.
The UK government has published its latest digital strategy, outlining its plans for stimulating an inclusive digital economy and announcing a planned investment of over £1 billion for accelerating the development of next generation digital infrastructure,...
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced that the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content opens up an opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection.
A Danish consumer watchdog has reported Google to the Danish data protection agency for potentially breaking privacy laws by not capping the amount of time personal data is stored on Google's servers, Reuters reports.
Germany is planning a new law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines, reports Reuters. “This (draft law) sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints...
Sébastien Soriano, head of French regulator, Arcep, and current of the European regulators body, BEREC, took time at the recent Mobile World Congress to express BEREC’s views on the ongoing review of the regulatory framework and to share BEREC’s commitment to facilitate the implementation of European digital policy,...
The European Parliament has approved plans for coordination of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband services across the EU by 2020, notes Mobile World Live. The vote covers the use of the UHF (470MHz to 790MHz) band across the economic bloc...
Czech political parties have agreed to fast-track a new telecoms bill before elections in October that could reduce mobile phone bills for consumers, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said, as reported by Reuters.
The UK science and technology committee in the Lords has issued a report on connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It says the government is too focused on highly-automated private road vehicles (“driverless cars”),...
Slovak regulator, RU, is decreasing by 75% the fee for using radio frequencies in municipalities designated as white spots within its broadband programme, notes Telecompaper. “An operator which decides to cover such a municipality will save on costs associated with operation of a transmitter.
Austria’s Telecom Control Commission (TKK) has published a draft decision on developing the regulatory framework for broadband expansion across the country, notes TeleGeography. “The regulator’s proposed decision has a particular focus on the framework for vectoring technology,...
The UK Cabinet Office has published the Government Transformation Strategy, setting out how the government will harness digital technologies, skills and tools to transform public services and put the citizen first – and redefine the relationship between the citizen and the state.
Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has taken action against unauthorised wireless transmitting equipment in a children’s doll called Cayla, and has already removed products from the market. “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people's privacy.
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a study, “Media ownership, market realities and regulatory responses”, which asks how European and national legislation can protect media pluralism, whether this be in the form of a multitude of operators making available a large variety choice of programming, or...
The head of the French telecoms regulator has warned that the growing trend for mobile operators to offer bundles of telecoms and TV services across Europe risks harming investment in their networks, reports the Financial Times.
The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission has launched a call for evidence to shape the development of a study to identify which new technologies have the greatest potential for improving the productivity of infrastructure, and what steps government should take to support the deployment of these technologies.
The Dutch government has proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecoms sector, reports Reuters. In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry said telecoms, including data hosting centres and other internet infrastructure, is vital to national security...
European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by US President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data, reports Reuters.
Elisa and Nokia are the first in the Nordics to test the prioritisation of government services in a commercial 4G network. The test simulated the functionality of critical communication services of public authorities during mobile network congestion.
Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to an agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the member states and the European Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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'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;...
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...
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,...
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”,...
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