Competition, consistency and creativity are vital for a single telecoms market

The topic of this year’s European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) conference in Brussels was the creation of a single market for telecoms within the EU. While many delegates recognized the need to enhance broadband investments and improve take-up of superfast services, several other factors were identified as being crucial in forming this single market. Competition will be crucial in driving innovation and dynamism; this will require improving consistency in regulation across the union to...

By Ovum Research, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry.

Heading to the EU? Your roaming bill has just been cut!

Last week, the EU Commission's VP Neelie Kroes promised charges for using your mobile whilst abroad (or “roaming”) will become significantly cheaper. Today the promise has been delivered with substantial cuts across the member states.

This will be a day of celebration for anyone who has ever been hit with expensive charges when away from home; whether on work, holiday, or calling friends/family living away.

Although prices are nowhere near the levels of my teen years (I’ll never forget that...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Billing, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

Name your car E.T. - by 2015 it will “phone home” via eCall

The European Commission has signed off draft legislation which requires all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with an eCall device.

Okay, by “home” it will actually call 112 – the emergency number in Europe – but that wouldn’t have allowed me such a cheesy, obvious headline.

eCall transmits a “minimum set of data” in the event of an accident, including the exact location; this helps cut down response times significantly and will in theory help to prevent annual...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA

Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.

The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.

As a...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Will 4G pave the path for growth?

European telecom operators saw revenues down by 3.8% in 2012. Will 4G reverse the trend?

Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.

In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.

The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...

By Didier Levy, 03 June 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators, Research.

YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way

YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.

Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.

The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Mobile, Satellite.

Neelie Kroes calls for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, has been on a mission for a single telecoms market as TelecomsTech first reported back in January.

Now she’s advancing the attack; pushing for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014 in a speech to the European Parliament.

 

Hopefully you’ve avoided them, but most of us at some point have been stung by shocking roaming charges caused by using your mobile abroad; although these are already lower...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks.

Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter

Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Networks & TechnologyMost service providers have reported 1Q13 earnings now. The results were largely as expected. Most telcos face flat to declining revenues, putting their cost base under pressure. For telcos representing over 90% of the global market, revenues and capex both dropped by roughly 1% in 1Q13 versus 1Q12 (YoY). The telcos with the slowest growth were also among the largest: Telefonica, FT Orange, Telecom Italia, and KPN. A weak European economy and ongoing cuts...

By Ovum Research, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, LTE, N America, Networks, Operators.