With £1bn for digital infrastructure to come – it needs to be spent wisely

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The telecoms landscape in the UK is undergoing its most radical shake-up for years. In the recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a boost to the UK’s digital connectivity with the promise of a £1 billion windfall.  £400 million of this will be dedicated to further development of superfast fibre broadband connections through a Digital Investment Fund. £740 million will be dedicated to the development of 5G. The objective is to...

By Tim Barber, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Networks.

EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

Günther H. Oettinger,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

Small cells and 5G: What the Digital Economy Bill changes mean for operators

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The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law. Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location. The ECC has not been drastically...

By Paul Carter, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Hutchison offers £3bn of its network to woo EU regulators in O2 takeover

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Regulators are concerned about Three’s £10bn pound bid for O2 due to a reduction of players in the market; which could lead to less competition and increase consumer prices. The deal, if approved, would also leapfrog Three from the smallest mobile operator in the UK, in terms of subscribers, to the biggest in one fell swoop.

Hutchison, who owns Three in the UK, has...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Three and O2 offer five-year price freeze ahead of proposed merger

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Telecommunications giant BT was given the all-clear last month by regulators to acquire EE, the UK's biggest mobile operator. The deal has created a so-called "leviathan" which has shaken the market, and rivals have been scrambling to seek new ways to ensure they remain competitive. 

Hutchison...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Regulation.

5G uptake predicted faster than 4G – subscriptions to hit 150m by 2021

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According to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, 5G is set to be in huge demand with 150 million subscribers expected to adopt it by 2021 - a year after the technology is due to hit the market. Such a large uptake over a short period would mean 5G is adopted much faster than 4G has. 

The markets which Ericsson predicts will lead 5G uptake is...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Industry, IoT, Research.

102 million connected things illustrates rapid growth of Internet of Things in Nordics

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The Nordic region is in pole position to capture IoT opportunities, driving business innovation and improving quality of life across the region.

A report by TeliaSonera and Arthur D. Little in March 2015 expects there will be close to four connected devices per person in the Nordics by 2018, totaling 102 million connected things. Advancements in connected cars, smart homes and digital health are expected to help drive market growth for IoT solutions by 23% annually until 2018, reaching a...

By Hans Dahlberg, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, M2M.

Russian president discusses technological innovation and its effect on global relations

On the fifth anniversary of the Skolkovo Foundation, the ex-President of Russia has spoke about how the foundation has advanced technological innovation and how co-operation in the space helps to support international relations during turbulent political waters. 

Dmitry Medvedev, who held office from 2008 to 2012, signed a law during his tenure which gave rise to the not-for-profit Skolkovo Foundation which manages the innovation park of the same name. The goal of the foundation is "to create...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, N America, Research.

European roaming fees to be scrapped in 2017

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We finally have a date for when roaming fees will be scrapped in Europe - June 15th, 2017. The EU Commission wanted the rules to be implemented earlier, but the date was pushed-back in order to win support from the European Parliament and Council. 

The rules will prevent mobile operators from charging huge...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Europe, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.