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5G 06-07-2021

France hopes for 5G market worth €15 billion by 2025

France aims to invest nearly €1.7 billion in its 5G market, Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher and Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O announced on Tuesday morning while presenting the country's 5G and future telecommunications strategy that is eyeing a 5G market worth €15 billion by 2025. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

Germany adopts new data protection and privacy law

German parliament this week adopted a law regulating data protection and privacy in telecommunications and telemedia. For the first time, the legislator transposed EU requirements on cookies from the bloc's e-privacy directive. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The EU has become beset by delays to both 5G security protocols as well as the rollout of the technology itself.
5G 08-01-2021

EU nations divided on 5G security, auditors say

EU nations are 'progressing at different paces' in terms of security protocols introduced by the European Commission in order to ensure the safety of next-generation telecommunications networks, the European Court of Auditors has said.
Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country's track record in 5G is one reason why it should be considered a frontrunner.
Cybersecurity 19-11-2020

5G security a priority in our EU cyber centre bid, Spain says

Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country’s track record in 5G and connectivity as reasons why it should be considered a frontrunner. A...
The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital & Media 18-11-2020

Commission ‘disappointed’ with 5G delays in Europe; reminds nations of ‘legal obligation’

The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of such technologies.
5G 19-10-2020

Fifteen EU countries raise alarm on Europe’s ‘anti-5G movement’

A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of new infrastructure.
Concerns have emerged from EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
Digital & Media 14-10-2020

Concerns emerge over Italy’s ‘monopolistic’ Single Broadband Network plans

Concerns have emerged among EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
EU member states which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 would be in breach of EU law and as a result, could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
5G 01-10-2020

Member states risk ‘breaching EU law’ in 5G delays

EU countries which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 will be in breach of EU law and could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
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.
Digital & Media 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.
The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
5G 18-09-2020

Commission concedes delay in 5G deployment across EU

The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
5G 14-07-2020

Huawei banned from UK 5G network, pleads with Johnson to reconsider

The UK has excluded Huawei from its future 5G network infrastructure, the government announced on Tuesday (14 July). The Chinese telecommunications firm immediately urged Boris Johnson's administration to reconsider the decision, seen as a substantial setback for its business in Europe.
Digital & Media 13-05-2020

Commission seeks ‘largest possible participation’ of EU citizens for COVID-19 apps

The European Commission has said that the 'largest possible participation' of EU citizens is required in order for coronavirus contact tracing applications to work effectively.
5G 06-05-2020

Vestager urges EU member states not to backtrack on 5G

The European Commission's Vice-President for Digital, Margrethe Vestager, has urged EU telecoms ministers to "limit as much as possible" any delays to their 5G spectrum assignments, amid the current challenges to the industry brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
5G 30-04-2020

Croatian Presidency pushes for new Commission 5G and 6G action plan

The European Commission is under pressure to propose a revised Action Plan for 5G and 6G mobile telecommunications as a means to bolster the bloc's connectivity, according to a draft text from the Croatian Presidency of the EU seen by EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 16-04-2020

‘Major security and privacy issues’ in using location data for COVID-19 apps, Commission says  

The European Commission has warned against the processing and storage of location data in the use of mobile applications designed to trace the potential spread of the coronavirus across the bloc.
5G 29-01-2020

5G rollout will lead to an ‘increased exposure to attacks,’ EU says

5G security standards are set to be bolstered across the EU, amid fears that non-EU states may be trying to infiltrate the bloc's next-generation mobile technology networks. The EU has, however, pledged not to exclude any specific suppliers, despite heavy US pressure against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
5G 07-01-2020

Poland’s Play plans 5G roll-out in Gdynia in race to offer first services

Polish mobile operator Play Communications is planning to roll out a 5G network in the northern city of Gdynia, its chief executive said, as the country’s telcoms providers rush to be the first to offer commercial next generation services.
5G 26-04-2019

UK minister: Huawei leaks ‘unacceptable’, criminal investigation possible

British culture minister Jeremy Wright said on Thursday (25 April) he could not rule out a criminal investigation over the “unacceptable” disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of China’s Huawei Technologies in 5G network supply chains.
Digital & Media 09-09-2016

Commission will ‘try harder’ on 90-day roaming charge limit

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday ordered officials to draw up new plans for the EU's landmark free mobile phone roaming policy after it ran into fierce criticism.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

Andrus Ansip wants European aid to finance the African digital market

Digital development should be put at the heart of the EU's aid policy, the Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, said at the European Development Days event in Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 23-05-2016

Investors warn UK referendum ‘already causing a short-term effect’

According to Global Infrastructure Investor Association head Andy Rose, members of his organisation, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, see Europe as an attractive place to invest. But, he warned, the upcoming Brexit  referendum is causing negative “short-term effects”.
Development Policy 28-01-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: An increasingly-connected developing world

Despite the fact that costs are still high, internet access and mobile phone use is becoming increasingly widespread, including in developing countries.
Digital & Media 06-12-2013

Ministers give telecoms proposals tepid approval, timing in doubt

European ministers yesterday (5 December) gave conditional support for the European Commission’s 'Connected Continent' proposals for greater harmonisation of the EU telecoms markets, but cast doubt over the substance and timing.
Digital & Media 24-10-2013

Chinese telco boss: ‘The EU leads on 5G research’

Ryan Ding, the chief executive for carrier networks at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, believes that a major revolution is under way in ICT, with cloud-computing at its core. He tells EURACTIV how Europe is leading the way when it comes to research on super-fast next generation 5G networks but is too slow when it comes to actual network deployment.