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Digital 12-02-2016

Analogue rules in a digital world hampering progress

Fast growth in digital services is bringing enormous social and economic benefits to customers the world over. But market regulation must be adapted to the 21st century if this sector is to achieve its potential, writes Daniel Pataki. 
Digital 02-02-2016

Commission shakes up radio spectrum to lead on mobile internet

National governments must announce their plans to move TV broadcasters below the 700 MHz band by 2017, which will be assigned exclusively to wireless broadband by 2020.
Transport 12-01-2016

Transport minister blasts EU inquiry into German road tolls

Berlin's spat with the European Commission over its planned road toll scheme escalated yesterday (12 January) during a visit to Brussels of German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt.
Digital 08-01-2016

Commission to unveil key spectrum harmonisation proposal in February

In February, the European Commission will present a controversial proposal to harmonise the use of radio spectrum in the EU, including the prized 700 MHz band, amid growing disparities among member states, EurActiv has learned.
Digital 27-11-2015

Oettinger warns against monopolies ahead of new German telecoms rules

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced yesterday (26 November) that the Commission is getting ready to check upcoming changes in Germany's telecoms rules and determine whether they're anti-competitive.
Digital 17-11-2015

Small telcos and consumer groups team up against former monopolies

Small telecoms, and consumers and civil liberties advocates launched the NetCompetition alliance on Monday (16 November), at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) conference in Brussels.

Germany to invest heavily in broadband expansion

The German government wants all households to have access to broadband internet by 2018. Rural areas are to be prioritised. EurActiv Germany reports.
Central Europe 07-10-2015

Czech broadband money caught in political intrigue

Nearly two years after the adoption of the new long-term EU budget (2014-2020), the Czech government is still struggling to fulfill conditions that would open the door to half a billion euros of EU cohesion money available to support high-speed internet. EurActiv.cz reports.

Facebook and EU satellite operator team up to deliver broadband to Africa

European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and social media giant Facebook said today (5 October) they are working jointly to deliver satellite broadband Internet to connectivity-hungry sub-Saharan Africa.
Digital 08-05-2015

How to achieve the best and cheapest access to on-line services in the Digital Single Market

As part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, Europe must make high quality broadband connections available right across the continent, writes Hans-Joachim Reck.
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Digital 05-05-2015

Principles for a successful Digital Single Market in Europe

Cable Europe welcomes the Commission’s work towards a Digital Single Market and looks forward to collaborating with the Commission and the widest range of stakeholders as an effective strategy is developed for this vitally important area of Europe’s digital future.
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Digital 12-03-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: How Digital is the EU in 2015?

The European Commission has published new data analysing and ranking how digital EU member states are. The Digital Economy and Society Index 2015 measures digital performance and competitiveness across five dimensions:
Digital 12-03-2015

Fast broadband lifts revenue growth for Europe's cable operators

Investments in high-speed broadband networks helped Europe's cable operators such as Liberty Global and Altice accelerate revenue growth in 2014 to 4.6%, industry group Cable Europe said on Wednesday (11 March).
Digital 04-03-2015

Italy approves €6bn plan to boost broadband networks

The Italian government approved a plan on Tuesday (3 March) to bring its high-speed broadband network into line with European Union targets, but it held back from forcing operators to replace their copper wire networks with fibre optic cable.
broadband 02-03-2015

EU divided over spectrum allotment

SPECIAL REPORT / European member states are divided over the apportionment of radio spectrum for critical public safety – seen as vital to maintain free flows of data in the hyper-connected world – especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
Digital 30-01-2015

Rural broadband access threatened by Berlin party politics

With the investment package from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the German government hopes to boost nationwide broadband expansion. But critics doubt the fibre optic cables will end up where they are most needed. EurActiv Germany reports.
Digital 27-11-2014

Europe at risk of broadband congestion

About two billion hours of TV are watched every day in the EU, mostly on a TV set. Despite this prevalence of linear TV viewing, non-linear video content is already congesting Europe’s broadband networks as users’ appetite for on-demand video increases. The European Commission needs to embrace and incentivize hybrid solutions that combine satellite and terrestrial as a way of delivering the best video experience to all users in Europe.
Digital 22-10-2014

Merkel calls for 'industry 4.0' at German IT Summit

Europe is supposed to become a global leader in the digital world, while Germany hopes for an Industry 4.0 at the national IT Summit, putting net neutrality to the test with a “special service”. EurActiv Germany reports.
Digital 24-09-2014

EU member states agree to deregulate voice markets

EU regulators are set to remove limits on the prices that leading telecoms firms such as Orange and Telecom Italia can charge smaller operators for accessing their networks, a European Commission source said on Tuesday (23 September).
Digital 18-09-2014

EU regulators plan to scrap phone call price caps to help telcos

EU telecoms regulators plan to scrap price caps on fixed phone calls in Europe in a move likely to give a revenue boost to Orange, Telecom Italia and other operators.
Digital 05-09-2014

Cyber threat now ‘real and growing’, EU official warns

National leaders have turned down European Commission calls for a coordinated EU cyber-security strategy, leading to a “regulatory gap” and a “clear and present danger” of cyber attacks, a high EU official told EurActiv in an interview.
Digital 05-09-2014

Robert Madelin: EU ‘not putting its money where its mouth is’ on broadband

Europe is lagging behind on super-fast internet connections, warns Commission director general Robert Madelin, in charge of digital matters. In a broad interview with EurActiv, he also speaks about emerging issues for the incoming Juncker Commission.

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.
Digital 03-06-2014

Europe needs an ambitious digital agenda

The European Parliament must take its responsibility to make Europe the smartest and most connected continent, starting with the creation of one committee for Digital Affairs and Technology, writes Marietje Schaake.