About: telecoms regulatory framework

Digital & Media 09-09-2016

New telecoms rules: bringing Europe’s internet up to speed?

The European Commission proposed changes to laws governing telecoms service in September 2016 that will affect how people use the internet and phones around the EU. There’s a lot at stake for consumers, former state-owned monopolies and emerging service providers: the...
Digital & Media 26-09-2008

Telecoms and Internet regulation review

The European Union has embarked on a broad review of the telecoms and Internet sector in an attempt to adapt legislation to the latest technological developments. EU institutions reached a broad agreement in April 2009, but a highly political fight over the protection of Internet users' rights in France has put the entire reform on ice, holding it hostage to an unpredictable horse-trading process.

EU Broadband policy

The widespread introduction of broadband at affordable prices is one of the chief objectives of the EU's i2010 action plan. Broadband technology allows users to access the Internet at high speeds via their telephone lines (DSL), cable, wireless mobile technologies and satellites. Moreover, the deployment of next generation networks, based on optical fibres, is set to put a new range of super-fast Internet services withing everyone's reach .
Competition 19-11-2006

2nd telecoms package [Archived]

The liberalisation of the European Telecoms in 1998 marked a milestone for the sector and anticipated the opening up of markets worldwide. However, the technological developments pushed the European authorities to carry out a reform of the common rules. The result was the second telecoms package adopted in April 2002.
Digital & Media 16-10-2003

3G – Third Generation Mobile Communications

The introduction and roll-out of third-generation mobile communications in Europe is being hampered by different factors: the economic slowdown, the financial problems of the mobile telecoms sector which is burdened with extremely heavy licencing and infrastructure costs, and the lack of 3G devices and services. The EU is trying to create a stable regulatory environment for a harmonised introduction of these new mobile systems.
Digital & Media 07-03-2002

Convergence [Archived]

Traditionally, telecommunications, media and information technology were operated on different networks, used different "platforms" and fell under quite different legal regimes. The economic and technical convergence of electronic communications poses serious challenges to EU lawmakers.