US allows exporting computer equipment to Iran (again)

The US has lifted the ban on exporting computer equipment to Iran - so long as the technology in question is heading to individuals, and not the Iranian government.

The ban has been in place for over a decade and lifted after a statement from the Treasury Department accusing Iran of trying to “silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world."

A list known as the SDN or “Specially...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

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.

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger, Schmidt criticises politicians

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger and more heated in the UK as Labour leader Ed Miliband promises action, whilst Google Chief Eric Schmidt criticises UK politicians.

Factually both leaders agree on one issue, international tax reform. Schmidt was quoted as saying he wishes to move the avoidance “away from accusation and toward action” for global firms to be more transparent of their tax structures.

Schmidt acts as an advisor to Chancellor George Osborne, and at a meeting of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, Government, Industry, Infographic.

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.

Being taken to court are the ISPs Belgacom, Telenet and Voo. The call (if passed in favour) will mean each of the three companies paying 3.4% of their turnover towards copyright fees.

Sabam, the suing association, is an institution set-up to protect authors, composers, and publishers from having...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Piracy.

‘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.

The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.

The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones, Telematics.

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?

The final draft proposal was (and still is) to be issued in October; but now a blueprint will also be made available in June by the European Telecoms industry body ETNO for any amendments to be made well-ahead of release.

This blueprint should aid in preventing any objections and thus...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Operators.

Is your ISP delivering the advertised speeds?

New FCC Data Names and Shames Under Performers Like AT&T

Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering...

By BroadbandNation, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America, Wireless.

How the big mobile broadband crisis was avoided

Infonetics Research released excerpts of the findings that resulted from its latest global market study, which analyzed wireless communications radio frequency spectrum allocation and needs in the world’s top economies. “Seven years ago the International Telecommunication Union predicted the world would need twice as much radio frequency spectrum as is allocated now, and that was even before the advent of the data-hungry Apple iPhone," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. But if the ITU forecast had held true, all mobile communications networks with significant broadband usage...

By David H. Deans, 05 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Wireless.