About: Telecoms

Competition 06-04-2018

Italy buys into TIM Italia to shield strategic interests against France’s Vivendi

Italian state lender CDP said yesterday (5 April) it would buy a stake of up to 5% of Telecom Italia (TIM) to safeguard Rome's interest in a company seen as strategic, and amidst a struggle between investors over its leadership.
Digital 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.
Digital 12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.
Competition 01-12-2017

Europe’s opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is dwindling

Europe’s window of opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is closing fast, writes Gabriel Solomon. A repeat of Europe’s mistake on 4G roll out would be regrettable.
Broadband 18-05-2017

Member states want to change investment rules in telecoms overhaul

EU countries have changed measures on network investment in a major telecoms bill and are kicking negotiations into the second half of this year.
#Media4EU 21-03-2017

Wanted: New revenue models for European media

After the death of the print advertising model, news outlets are struggling to find sustainable solutions to fund quality journalism. Most publishers now diversify their activities by organising events, trying out new formats and forging long-term partnerships with the private sector.
Digital 24-02-2017

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving individual wellbeing through eHealth solutions and encouraging SMEs to flourish, writes Pierre Louette.

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 17-03-2016

ECJ Wi-Fi opinion could boost free internet in Europe

A new legal opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could topple Germany's tight restrictions on free Wi-Fi—and internet service providers say it might also help boost the number of free Wi-Fi points across Europe.
Digital 09-03-2016

Leaked German government document calls for softer telecoms rules

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's leaked position paper on the upcoming EU telecoms reform tells the executive to lighten up on regulation and give its national telecoms authority more power.
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Digital 24-02-2016

Think tankers: Skype and telcos should be regulated in the same way

The EU should have just two sets of rules for telecoms: one for infrastructure, and one for services, argue Alexandre de Streel and Bruno Liebhaberg. When similar services are on offer, the same rules should apply regardless of the technology, they contend.

Journalists unmask shady deals in probe of internet providers

A group of investigative journalists are calling out internet service providers in a number of EU countries for their shady business connections and lack of transparency.
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.
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Digital 20-10-2015

Europe’s digital transformation hinges on modern infrastructure

Quality connectivity and mobility are critical if Europe’s strong vertical industries are to take a leading role in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, writes Markus Borchert.
Digital 08-05-2015

How to achieve the best and cheapest access to on-line services in the Digital Single Market

As part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, Europe must make high quality broadband connections available right across the continent, writes Hans-Joachim Reck.
Digital 15-12-2014

Belgian press reveals British hacking of Belgacom

The hacking of computers at Belgian telecom Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by British intelligence agency GCHQ, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday (13 December).
Digital 19-11-2014

EU to water down net neutrality rules

European Union governments are considering less stringent rules on how internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, according to a draft seen by Reuters, a move that could be welcomed by Europe's large telecoms operators.
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Digital 18-09-2014

EU regulators plan to scrap phone call price caps to help telcos

EU telecoms regulators plan to scrap price caps on fixed phone calls in Europe in a move likely to give a revenue boost to Orange, Telecom Italia and other operators.
Digital 20-08-2014

Driving growth through the mobile economy

The mobile economy has the potential to drive Europe's economic recovery but it needs industry and European institutions to work together, in order to streamline regulation, encourage market consolidation, deliver data protection reform and spectrum harmonisation, writes Tom Phillips.
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.
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Digital 30-04-2014

Almunia: Motorola action against Apple illegal

The European Commission used antitrust rules on Tuesday to prevent telecoms restricting competition, by using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology.
Digital 30-04-2014

Antitrust action against Motorola, Samsung over Apple injunctions

The European Commission Tuesday (29 April) used antitrust rules to prevent telecoms companies using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology to restrict competition.
Digital 04-04-2014

MEPs strengthen Net Neutrality in telecoms overhaul

The European Parliament approved yesterday (3 April) a reform of rules governing telecoms and the Internet, enhancing guarantees for consumers to freely access online services, compared to the original text proposed by the Commission.
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Digital 26-02-2014

Industry warns radio frequencies may become scarcer than oil

SPECIAL REPORT / While the EU faces the serious risk of a new indefinite delay in regulating radio spectrum access across member states, industry warns against mobile data gridlocks and potentially higher prices for smartphone usage, as frequencies become “scarcer than oil”. EURACTIV reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.