EU Commission sets out 700 MHz proposals

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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom recently announced plans to free-up 700 MHz by 2022 to carry data over long distances. The spectrum is currently in-use around Europe for TV and wireless microphones, whereas in the US and Asia it is already being used for 4G.

Now the European Commission has launched a consultation based on recommendations from former trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, who said...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Regulation, Spectrum.

EU Commission: Europe needs a Digital Single Market

Newly-appointed Vice President of the EU Commission for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, is continuing his predecessor's push for a single telecoms market. In his first plenary session since his appointment, Ansip opened with: "The Digital Single Market requires our immediate attention; we need the telecoms single market as a solid basis for our future."

Based on the Commission's calculations, a Digital Single Market would save approximately €260 billion a year.

A single...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Disruption, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

UK will be "the first" to pioneer new wireless technology

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has made the bold claim that the UK will be the first in Europe to debut at least one new wireless technology from ongoing 'White Space' trials with partners such as Google, Microsoft, Sky, CloudNet, and more.

Gaps in the radio spectrum between frequency bands is known as ‘White Space’ and can be exploited to test new wireless applications which Ofcom says will benefit both consumers and businesses. The current trials include such innovations as; wireless video streaming,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Emergency legislation gives UK authorities NSA-like powers

In the face of an escalating terror threat, which has led to increased airport security measures, emergency legislation is being controversially rushed through parliament to force phone and internet companies to retain data for at least 12 months despite a lack of discussion around its impact.

TelecomsTech reported this week of the EU Commission's distaste the Data Retention Act...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

The opportunity presented by Russia’s new payment system is a mixed bag

Gilles Ubaghs, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

In the fallout of the troubles in Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions imposed on several Russian banks, Russian authorities are now pressing ahead with plans to set up their own domestic payment scheme, and they are demanding a substantial deposit from MasterCard and Visa to continue operating in the region.

Russia has announced with typical bluster that the scheme will be launched in the next six months, but the complexities of the Russian payments...

By Ovum Research, 16 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, Operators.

Kroes wins – Roaming charges for EU citizens to be scrapped by December 2015

Citizens across the EU have rallied behind the idea of scrapping roaming charges across the continent. Most of us have learnt our lesson the hard way and returned from a vacation or business trip with what seemed like moderate usage to a bill hard to comprehend.

Thanks to the work of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU commission, the mobile networks’ abuse of our wallets is to end by December 2015.

The idea of a single telecoms market is one Kroes has fought for passionately – it would break...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Operators.

Leaked agreement allowed NSA to hold UK information (with or without consent)

If you’re reading this and haven’t heard of the NSA and their controversial spying program PRISM we reported on around five months ago – you can catch-up here. Up to date? Followers thought so as well; but yet more revelations have come to light…

It was previously revealed that surveillance reached further than US jurisdiction; causing the EU commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, to

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, N America, Security.

Although European telcos are struggling, they are not easy to buy

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Industry, Communications and Broadband

Europe’s telecoms market is in a state of difficulty. Weak operational performances and uncertainties over their short-term profitability have dampened valuations of EU telecoms assets, and even raised questions about the long-term survival of the region’s telecoms players. However, potential suitors should be wary. America Movil’s withdrawal of its offer to acquire KPN is just one example of how difficult it is to buy European...

By Ovum Research, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom’s proposed plans may decrease MNO innovation, increase customer cost

In proposed increases of mobile license fees by UK regulator Ofcom; both operators and customers may feel the squeeze as costs are QUADRUPLED.

Currently it costs EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK £64.5 million a year in licensing fees. Under the plans - revised after calculating the value of the spectrum based on the bids received in the 4G auction - Vodafone and O2's annual rent will be raised to £83.1 million, Three to £37.5 million, whilst EE will hit a massive £101.7 million.

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.