Have Belgium’s biggest ISPs been sued for providing Internet access?
Three of the largest Belgian internet service providers (ISPs) have not been paying “copyright levies” according to authors’ association Sabam, whilst still offering access to protected materials.
‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom
Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.
Are we ready for a single European telecoms market?
Last month, Neelie Kroes used her MWC 2013 speech to call for a single Telecoms market, which as Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda holds some amount of weight, so how has the industry reacted?
How are US citizens using mobiles for financial services?
The majority of US citizens aren’t using mobile banking services because they simply don’t need it, and their banking needs were being adequately met without the use of mobile banking. That’s the big takeaway from the Federal Reserve (FRB), who has brought out a mammoth 79-page document on how consumers interact with mobile financial services.
UK 4G auction results announced, revenue lower than expected
The UK telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom has announced the results of the 4G auction raising a less than expected £2.34bn ($3.59bn) in revenue. The overall figures may be seen as disappointing given the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had predicted a £3.5bn ($5.37bn) windfall from the auction. The UK 3G auctions in 2000 raised £22bn in comparison.
Ofcom looks into mid-contract mobile and broadband price hikes
A consultation document released today by Ofcom has revealed plans allowing UK consumers to leave a phone and broadband contract freely if the provider introduces a mid-term price rise.
ITU talks end in failure as US, UK refuse to sign treaty
The two week International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference has ended with talks collapsing over the effective future governance of the Internet.
Are new EU roaming charge limits an opportunity for carriers?
The recently announced changes to EU roaming charges bring a sense of fairness for consumers, many of whom in the past have unwittingly run up excessive charges abroad (and suffered from the subsequent bill shock a month later).
Wireless services still source of consumer anger, says regulator
A worrying trend from Canada, where consumer complaints go up 35% year on year: should this make service providers rethink their strategy?
European Commission stresses greater investment in telecoms
The annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard has seen the European Union in pragmatic mood, with the EU stating that while there is a demand for digital expanse, the operation is being undercut by inadequate investment.