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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.

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.
Digital 28-09-2016

Pokémon’s Pikachu the ‘man of the year’ in telecoms

Pikachu is the man of the year in telecoms, according to the watchdog next in line to chair a powerful group of EU regulators.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.
Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? ‘We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it’s not serious’

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.
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.
EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
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.

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.
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).
Aarti Holla
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.
Robert Madelin, director-general at the European Commission's directorate-general for information society and media, speaks at The 2011 Digital Agenda Summit, hosted by the Lisbon Council [Photo: Lisbon Council/Flickr]
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.
Digital 04-04-2012

Commission warns against slow take up of ultra-fast Internet

The European Commission renewed its warning against the “moderate” migration from copper to fibre in telecoms networks, as markets expect EU long-awaited guidelines on how to foster investment in so-called Next Generation Access to ultra-fast Internet.