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Digital 13-12-2017

Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Bulgaria will focus its attention on speeding up negotiations on a major telecoms bill when it takes over the six-month, rotating presidency of the Council of ministers in January.

Digital 05-12-2017

Telecoms ministers snub Commission’s spectrum overhaul in 5G strategy

Telecoms ministers from EU countries agreed on a plan to set up fast 5G internet networks by 2025, five years after the European Commission's original proposal, and snubbed a proposal to reform rules for selling off radio spectrum.

Competition 01-12-2017

Europe’s opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is dwindling

Europe’s window of opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is closing fast, writes Gabriel Solomon. A repeat of Europe’s mistake on 4G roll out would be regrettable.

Agrifood 13-10-2017

Digital skills and 5G centre stage as precision farming vies to enter mainstream

Farmers, digital experts and representatives from the agricultural technology industry joined forces in Brussels on Thursday (12 October) to urge policymakers to bring precision farming into the mainstream in the EU.

Digital 02-10-2017

Big member states are dividing the EU on digital agenda

Four countries - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - drafted a paper outlining their priorities ahead of last Friday’s (29 September) digital summit, where heads of state gathered in Estonia. Poland’s Digital Minister Krzysztof Szubert told EURACTIV.com their paper risks dividing EU member states on digital issues.

Digital 18-07-2017

MEPs and ministers hit back on EU plan for longer spectrum licenses

MEPs and national ministers are stripping down an EU proposal to change how wireless radio spectrum is sold to telecoms companies.

Digital 20-06-2017

Gabriel breezes through cozy hearing on way to top EU digital job

Mariya Gabriel, the 38-year-old Bulgarian MEP tipped to become the new EU digital chief, told MEPs during her approval hearing that she wants to “comply” with the European Commission's policy priorities.

Digital 12-05-2017

Proximus CEO: High quality Belgian network ‘is reflected in the price’

Belgium has higher mobile phone prices than many other countries in Europe because of the high quality of its network, Dominique Leroy told EURACTIV.com.  Looking forward, she said more spectrum was badly needed to cope with soaring demand for mobile data.

Broadband 04-05-2017

Thirteen member states double down on opposition to EU spectrum rules

A group of thirteen EU member states have doubled down on a pushback by national governments against the European Commission's proposed changes to radio spectrum policy, arguing it will sweep away their powers to auction off spectrum to telecoms operators.

5G 20-04-2017

Network quality vital for Europe’s move to ‘Gigabit Society’

While capacity and speed will always be important, European companies need networks that are exceptionally reliable and adaptable to launch new technologies across Europe, writes Richard Swinford.

Digital 10-04-2017

Europe’s digital union is stuck in Brussels

A draft EU telecoms law could cause major economic growth and create jobs, but there is a high risk it could be diluted by the Brussels compromise machine, write Steven Tas and Lise Fuhr.

Digital 28-02-2017

In Barcelona, cutting-edge technologies struggle to demonstrate their potential

As the Mobile World Congress continued, the "father" of Li-Fi said his LED-based wireless connection technology deserves EU support, while Blockchain developers defended the positive impact of the public ledger on society at large.

Broadband 27-02-2017

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of broadband networks enabling the digital revolution, as the World Mobile Congress opens in Barcelona.

Digital 15-12-2016

EU strikes tentative deal on 700 MHz band for mobile internet

The Slovak Presidency, which made bringing “deliverables” to EU citizens one of its priorities, reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on the coordinated use of a key frequency band that will allow the introduction of 5G as of 2020.

Digital 21-09-2016

After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit

In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (22 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by next year.

Digital 14-09-2016

New telecoms rules mark ‘quiet revolution’ as Commission aims to boost internet speed

A set of EU telecoms laws will be remodelled when the European Commission proposes an overhaul today (14 September) of how the sector is governed.

Digital 09-09-2016

New telecoms rules: bringing Europe’s internet up to speed?

The European Commission proposed changes to laws governing telecoms service in September 2016 that will affect how people use the internet and phones around the EU. There's a lot at stake for consumers, former state-owned monopolies and emerging service providers: the new rules will shake up internet quality, competition between firms, user rights and the powers …

Telecoms operators will face new rules on competition with rivals

Telecoms companies will face new rules on how they can access internet networks under a change to EU law that could stoke tensions between large, former monopolies and smaller operators.

Broadband internet access will become a legal right under new EU telecoms rules

The European Commission is setting itself up for a fight with national governments by forcing them to pay for guaranteed internet access across the EU and comply with new rules on radio spectrum sales, according to an internal document obtained by EURACTIV.com.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EURACTIV.com.

Commission asked to fund cross-border tests of driverless cars

Telecoms operators and car manufacturers have asked the European Commission to put money into a major, four-year project running driverless cars between EU member states, in the first test of the new technology between more than one country.

Digital 26-05-2016

Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

The Council endorsed on Thursday (26 June) the European Commission’s proposal to liberate the 700 MHz frequency by 30 June 2020, in time for the irruption of the next generation of wireless broadband (5G).

Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission’s DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EURACTIV.com.

Digital 06-05-2016

Commission’s digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.