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Digital 26-02-2018

Europe in ‘terrible hurry’ as pressure mounts in global race for 5G

There will be growing pressure this week on European companies and politicians as they struggle to keep up with Asia and the United States on launching fast 5G mobile services.
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.
Digital 03-10-2017

MEPs approve softened telecoms investment rules, price cap on international calls

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) approved a sweeping telecoms bill on Monday (2 October) that watered down an EU proposal to spur network investment and added a controversial price cap on calls between member states.
Digital 25-08-2017

Member states reject Commission plan for 25-year spectrum licences

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.
Digital 15-06-2017

Mobile roaming fees disappear, but MEPs want more EU rules

European mobile phone contracts are required to charge domestic rates for calls, SMS and data use when users travel in the EU starting today (15 June), capping off a ten-year fight to get rid of roaming fees.
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.
Digital 30-08-2016

Internet activists hail ‘historic’ EU net neutrality rules

Internet activists today (30 August) hailed the announcement by EU regulators of new rules to prevent telecoms companies from slowing down some internet traffic as a historic achievement.

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.

Europe will have stronger net neutrality rules than the US, regulators say

EU telecoms regulators said yesterday (6 June) that a new net neutrality law would give Europe stronger internet traffic rules than the United States, where a year-old regulation is facing legal challenges.
Digital 10-05-2016

Oettinger to investigate Germany’s greenlight for ‘vectoring’ web bandwidths

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Germany's approval of Deutsche Telekom's plan to use its existing copper wiring to connect homes and offices to its high speed fibre optic broadband network because it could harm competition.
Digital 03-05-2016

Oettinger faces major test on German telecoms rules

Günther Oettinger is embroiled in a heated political fight that could result in a showdown with politicians in his home country next week over a major telecoms regulation.
The European Commission plans to propose legislation on the ePrivacy directive in 2017
Digital 14-01-2016

Commission to propose reform of ePrivacy directive in 2017

The European Commission announced it will come out with a legislative proposal to reform the ePrivacy directive in mid-2017.
Digital 02-05-2014

Italian presidency to support Parliament-backed telecoms reform

The incoming Italian presidency of the European Union is ready to support the European Parliament-backed overhaul of EU telecoms rules, despite widespread criticism of the plan from governments and leading operators.
Digital 09-10-2013

French minister pushes ‘Google tax’ to bridge telcos funding shortfall

The top five US-based internet companies are stifling European innovation in new technologies and should be more tightly regulated and taxed, the French minister for the digital economy, Fleur Pellerin, told a conference in Brussels yesterday (8 October).
Digital 27-03-2013

Brussels mulls rules to make broadband cheaper

The European Commission has proposed rules aimed at reducing the cost of building high-speed broadband networks, in a move that shows how Brussels is seeking more power over the telecommunications sector.
Digital 06-02-2013

Telecoms lobby opposes deep cuts in broadband budget

Proposed cuts to European Union funding for telecoms infrastructure would delay development of high-speed broadband networks, hitting economic growth, industry lobby group ETNO said yesterday (5 February).
Digital 14-01-2013

Brussels eyes telecoms reform

The EU will set out reforms for a pan-European telecommunications market this year to support competition and investment in the sector, the bloc's telecoms chief, Neelie Kroes, said in a newspaper interview today (14 January).
Digital 13-03-2012

New step in telecoms unbundling finds tough hurdles

An attempt by the Italian Parliament to further liberalise telecom services has spurred an unprecedentedly tough reaction from top European operators and regulators that say the changes could protect vested interests.
Brexit 22-11-2001

Non-incumbent telecoms players claim more local loop access

Thirteen companies and federations urge the Commission to quickly harmonise access regulation on local loop, especially pricing and provisioning.

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