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What makes an Electronic Communications Service? (Part 2) What makes an Electronic Communications Service? (Part 2)

On 13 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) published its ruling on the classification of Gmail in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the German Courts. Gmail is a web-based email service, and is a type of “Over-The-Top” (“OTT”) service.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Canada’s regulator makes broadband fund call

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a first call for applications for a broadband fund. The CRTC is accepting applications for projects in the Canadian territories and satellite-dependent communities, where there is a great need for improved broadband internet and mobile wireless services.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Europe’s competition commissioner warns on digital monopolies Europe’s competition commissioner warns on digital monopolies

The EU should be “ready to act” should social values such as “privacy, freedom and fairness” be under threat from expanding digital monopolies, the bloc’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, has said, reports EurActiv.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

ITU defines OTT and issues policy and regulatory framework recommendation

The ITU has approved a recommendation addressing the relationship between network operators and providers of over the top (OTT) applications. It says recommendation ITU-T D.262 “provides parameters for the analysis of the new economic dynamics of the ICT ecosystem and how policy and regulatory frameworks could promote competition, consumer protection, consumer benefits, dynamic innovation, sustainable investment and infrastructure development, accessibility and affordability in relation to the global growth of OTTs”.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

European court rules on communications status of Skype and Gmail European court rules on communications status of Skype and Gmail

The European Court of Justice (EJC) has ruled that Skype and similar voice over internet (VoIP) communications providers are subject to rules governing electronic communications services in some cases, following a dispute between the company and the Belgian telecoms regulator, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

FCC’s broadband deployment report comes under fire

Ajit Pai, chair of US regulator FCC, has commented on USTelecom’s release of broadband investment figures for 2018, and the FCC’s own 2019 broadband deployment report (which was reissued after problems with data), saying that “the latest evidence reaffirms that our policies are working..."

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

EU Court of Justice Determines that SkypeOut is an Electronic Communications Service EU Court of Justice Determines that SkypeOut is an Electronic Communications Service

On 5 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU") published its ruling on the classification of SkypeOut in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Belgian Courts. Skype is a Voice over IP service ("VoIP") whereas the SkypeOut component is an interconnected VoIP service that allows the service to dial out to landline and mobile numbers.

  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will, in consultation with key stakeholders, undertake a Scam Technology Project (the Project) to explore practical technological solutions to address the proliferation of scams over Australian telecommunications networks.

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

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