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Digital & Media 09-03-2018

Brussels pivots on controversial investment clause in EU telecoms bill

The European Commission has proposed new criteria to guide investment in telecoms networks, in a twist that is likely to stir disagreement as EU negotiators try to strike compromise over a draft telecoms bill.
Fiber network server
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.
Fiber network server
Digital & Media 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.
Regional Policy 25-07-2014

France launches EU’s first digital infrastructure ‘project bond’

A plan to provide superfast broadband to French rural areas will receive EU funding in the form of 'project bonds', EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 16-04-2014

EU moves to speed up fibre networks

The European Parliament adopted new rules aimed at deploying high-speed telecoms networks on Tuesday (15 April), paving the way for wider Internet coverage of rural and poorer areas.
Digital & Media 15-07-2011

Telco bosses fail to break deadlock on fibre funding

As the European Commission takes the bull by the horns and asks companies to address a lack of investment in high-speed fibre optic networks, big and small telcommunications firms are failing to break a deadlock on how fibre should be financed. 
Digital & Media 21-09-2010

Kroes’s high-speed Internet plan faces obstacles

Neelie Kroes, the European Union's Digital Agenda commissioner, proposed a number of measures yesterday (20 September) aimed at boosting high-speed Internet across Europe. But her plan faces opposition from some member states and key industry groups.
Digital & Media 04-12-2009

EU court ‘sets precedent’ in Germany telecoms ruling

Germany's laws give preferential treatment to the country's main telecoms company Deutsche Telekom, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (3 December), dealing a blow to dominant operators across Europe.
Competition 15-06-2009

Industry dismisses EU plans for super-fast Internet

New proposals from the European Commission to spur investment in next-generation networks, such as fibre cables, have triggered a wave of criticism from industry.
Competition 20-05-2009

EU consults on state aid rules for high-speed Internet

The European Commission yesterday (19 May) launched a public consultation on draft guidelines that will determine when governments can grant public funds for rolling out high-speed broadband networks.
Competition 15-05-2009

Commission shelves NGN recommendation

The European Commission will shelve its long-awaited recommendation to boost investment in optical fibre networks, at least until the end of the year, an EU official told EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 26-03-2009

Telecoms sector growing despite crisis, says EU report

Europe's telecom companies continued to grow significantly in 2008 despite the financial crisis, according to a European Commission report encouraging the sector to engage in new investment. But operators disputed the claims, saying growth had reached its lowest level in the last five years.
Competition 24-02-2009

Industry expert: Reding is the ‘saviour’ of EU telecoms

The nascent optical fibre connection market underpinning super-fast Internet should be subject to rules aimed at avoiding the creation of new monopolies, telecoms industry chief Innocenzo Genna told EURACTIV in an interview, praising Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding as the 'saviour' of the EU telecoms sector.
Competition 17-02-2009

Little hope for agreement at EU telecoms ministerial

Despite progress on the funding of new fibre networks, the European institutions are still a long way from reaching an overall compromise on the review of EU rules governing electronic communications, EURACTIV has learned.
Digital & Media 10-02-2009

Commission ‘cheerleader’ for NGNs, says ETNO

The European Commission is playing the role of a "big cheerleader" for Next Generation Networks (NGNs), delaying their deployment while proposing cuts in mobile termination rates that are likely to severely affect the telecoms sector, Michael Bartholomew, director of the association which brings together the main European operators (ETNO), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Digital & Media 04-02-2009

EU eyes mobile revenues to fund fibre investment

The European Commission is set to ask national telecoms authorities to slash the wholesale fees operators charge one another for mobile calls or text messages (SMS) as a means of supporting investment in optical fibre networks, which underpin the high-speed Internet.
Digital & Media 09-10-2008

Interview: EU to govern Internet of the future

The European Commission will roll out a range of initiatives in the coming months to promote the Internet of the Future, while remaining highly vigilant in protecting citizens and networks, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told EURACTIV in an interview.
Competition 19-09-2008

EU moves to spur investment in future Internet networks

The Commission yesterday (18 September) put forward a set of proposals aimed at accelerating the transition towards a new generation of high-speed, high-definition Internet services streamed through optical fibre networks. But its plans to stimulate competition in the sector immediately came under fire.
Digital & Media 26-06-2008

EU pushes for high-speed internet for all

As the EU steps up its efforts to increase the spread of high-speed internet across Europe, the Commission and the incoming French Presidency yesterday (25 June) outlined their strategy to boost investment in Next Generation Access Networks (NGANs), the main infrastructure for broadband. Universal access to internet is a key priority for France.
Digital & Media 13-06-2008

Reding calls for half of freed spectrum for telecoms

Half of the radio spectrum freed by the switchover from analogue to digital should be allocated to mobile and telephone operators by 2010 to provide broadband internet to rural areas, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding suggested to EU telecommunications ministers gathered in Luxembourg yesterday.
Digital & Media 04-06-2008

EU promises to act on high-speed Internet networks

Under heavy pressure from the industry and the European Parliament, the Commission will "soon" come out with a proposal to spur EU investment in Next Generation Networks (NGNs), Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 09-05-2008

Telecom giants scramble over fibre networks

As the European Commission prepares new guidelines to deploy high-speed fibre cables across the EU, major telecom operators are recommending an approach similar to mobile telephony, based on competing networks. But such a move is rejected by new market entrants, who argue against duplicating expensive infrastructure.