Telecoms regulation

While internet value chain grows, telecom operators lag behind

Technology 16-05-2022

While internet value chains continue to grow by 15% per year, a new report by GSMA warns that market imbalances between network operators and online service providers could threaten global growth prospects in several sectors.

Technology 12-05-2022

Radio spectrum: inside the next challenge for 5G deployment

A significant new spectrum needs to be attributed to 5G usage for the new generation of networks to carry out their full benefits, as the next years could be crucial for Europe to catch up or further fall behind in this technological race, Luciana Camargos told EURACTIV.
Technology 04-05-2022

Commission to make online platforms contribute to digital infrastructure

The European Commission is set to present a legislative initiative to make content-heavy platforms contribute to the cost of telecom networks before the end of the year.
Technology 18-03-2022

The upcoming challenges of the telecom industry

As society becomes increasingly digitalised, it relies more heavily on ICT infrastructure. At the same time, the telecom market is called to address some key challenges societal challenges.
5G 18-03-2022

France wants slightly lagging industry to catch up on 5G

The French government this week announced new measures to help the country's industry which has fallen "slightly behind" in embracing the opportunities that come with transiting to a 5G network. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 14-03-2022

Telecom industry to brace open networks despite established interests

Open Radio Access Network [RAN] is set to favour innovation in the telecommunication market, but legacy operators resist the change as they fear a drop in profitability and market shares.
Technology 14-02-2022

Make content platforms pay for digital infrastructures, telecom CEOs say

The CEOs of Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Orange have called on the European Commission in an open letter to make large content providers contribute to the infrastructural investments.
Technology 04-02-2022

French operators urge large platforms to contribute to network costs

French telecom operators presented a list of grievances and 15 proposals to candidates in the presidential race on Thursday (3 February), including the proposal for "major digital content providers" to contribute to the "costs of networks to ensure their economic and environmental sustainability". EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 09-12-2021

EU renews roaming until 2032 with gradual reductions for data cost

The EU institutions adopted a recast version of the roaming regulation on Wednesday evening (8 December), extending for ten years the legislation that allows Europeans to use their phones inside the bloc without extra charges.
Technology 14-10-2021

EU Parliament backs roaming extension until 2032, price cuts

The European Parliament has backed the extension of free roaming services in the EU until 2032 and its position envisages lower cap prizes than initially proposed, provisions on intra-EU calls, stronger quality of service, and transparency obligations for telecom providers.
Technology 30-09-2021

French senators welcome 4G deployment strategy, bemoan not being involved

The French Senate's Finance Committee on Tuesday (28 September) presented its recommendations on the national strategy for the deployment of 4G in France, highlighting the "substantial progress" in terms of coverage, but also raising a few points of concern. EURACTIV France reports.
Industrial Strategy 10-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Nvidia seeks clearance, Germany’s conflicting views, DMA & DSA Council updates

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address...

Digital Brief: Big Tech, Big Lobbying, Ireland’s fine, politics-free Facebook

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission is open to meeting anyone who wishes to speak to us. The Commission does not, and will...
Technology 02-09-2021

EU court rules zero tariff offers violate open internet, roaming provisions

The European Union’s highest court ruled on Thursday (2 September) that unlimited streaming offers from Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom violate EU roaming and net neutrality rules.
Cybersecurity 23-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Pegasus affair, Schrems III, online anonymity questioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “These [allegations] have to be verified, but if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable, against any kind...
Data protection 09-07-2021

Digital Brief: ePrivacy derogation adopted, YouTube’s algorithm, killer acquisitions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end the danger to children. This is only a...
Technology 09-06-2021

Europe needs ambitious roaming

EU lawmakers must stay ambitious about roaming, and that means keeping caps as low as possible, writes Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.
Broadband 01-06-2021

Connectivity is the starting point for the 2030 digital targets

Digital connectivity is a precondition for achieving the EU digital agenda, but filling the existing digital gap will require a concerted approach among policymakers at the EU and national level and coordination with private providers.
Technology 26-05-2021

EU Commission greenlights German initiative to eradicate ‘dead spot’ problem

The European Commission approved on Tuesday (25 May the German government's plan to invest almost €1.1 billion in expanding its network in order to finally get to grips with the smouldering problem of so-called 'dead spots'.
Data protection 21-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: Parliament bashing US data transfers, Ireland’s GDPR enforcement, UK adequacy decision

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission must not repeat the same mistakes by negotiating and signing off on data transfer agreements with third...
Technology 08-02-2021

5G : French constitutional court backs provisions of ‘anti-Huawei law’

France's highest court ruled on Friday (5 February) that the law introduced by the government on the security of 5G networks - dubbed 'anti-Huawei law' - is consistent with the Constitution. EURACTIV France reports.
The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunication's giant Huawei, saying that they would welcome the country into the US's 5G so-called 'clean network' program.
Technology 30-09-2020

US praises German moves to sideline Huawei from 5G networks

The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, also noting that they would welcome the country into the US's so-called 5G 'clean network' program.
Technology 09-04-2020

France is right, kids home during the pandemic shouldn’t use phones for hours

The US should follow the lead of France when it comes to testing the radiation from mobile phones, writes Devra Davis, arguing that we still don't really know how safe the devices and their networks are.
5G 05-03-2020

France will not let Huawei’s investments influence its 5G expansion plans

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Huawei's willingness to open a factory in France would not change "the government's position on 5G in any way". EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
5G 13-02-2020

Huawei shouldn’t be getting its hopes up for German 5G expansion just yet

Although the CDU and CSU did not explicitly decide on the exclusion of Huawei, their position paper provided exclusion criteria that could nonetheless apply to the Chinese telecom giant. The ball is now in the court of the coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). EURACTIV Germany reports.