EU Commission’s plan pushes for net neutrality

Today, the EU Commission has adopted its ambitious "connected continent" plan putting pressure on telecoms providers to end roaming charges in 2014. As part of the plan, if approved, calls will also be capped at a sensible rate.

Carriers have been particularly vocal in their disagreement with the plan to scrap roaming charges altogether; saying it would be at a €7bn (£5.9bn) cost to their business.

However, providers will be allowed to charge more for data-heavy services at high speeds; which...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.

UK ISPs offered controversial code to collect piracy data

Just under a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on London-based MUSO’s request for Russian social network VK to clamp down on file-sharing. Whilst this helped reduce the damage by one rampant site, music is still illegally available – the UK government wants to further prevent this.

The voluntary code - which is being offered to BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and TalkTalk - would allow inspection of downloading activity and could create a database of repeat...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Piracy.

EU Commission pumps €13.7m into cross-border digital public services

To increase cross-border business and cohesion between EU member states; the EU Commission has announced today the investment of €13.7 million towards cross-border digital public services under the project name of ‘e-SENS’ (Electronic Simple European Networked Services)

Linking digital public services is important for the future as we lead ever more digital lifestyles - both in our personal lives and at work.

This extra funding helps prepare the European Union for this inevitability, ensuring...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

PirateBrowser sails around ISP’s barricades, but is it actually safe?

The Pirate Bay ship has decided it will not be sunk by any of the legal battles it’s found itself in, and instead is continuing their illicit activities from the comfort of the Spanish and Norway seas (or skies as the cloud-based service may be.)

Whilst (currently) out of reach by the courts, it hasn’t stopped legislation such as that implemented in the UK which requires ISPs to block access to the file-sharing website.

As always with the pirates, they’ve found a way to step ahead –...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Government, Networks, Piracy.

Ofcom calls Brits to speak their mind about 5GHz WiFi (or forever hold your peace)

British airwaves regulator Ofcom is calling for citizen’s opinions about whether the 5GHz frequency should be freely available for public use, or otherwise auctioned off to a corporate giant.

Ofcom’s job is to ensure the efficient use of radio frequencies. As usage increases this role is becoming ever more important for preventing any interference - especially within shared spectrums.

The typical 2.4GHz - used by the majority of WiFi devices - is becoming overcrowded, with the resulting conflicts...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Licensing, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Australian regulator moves forward to prevent “bill shock”

Only yesterday, TelecomsTech posted a wonderful article by Matt Hooper on “bill shock” and how mobile operators should take more responsibility to help prevent it, well Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulator clearly heard.

So what preventive measures will soon be in place to help Australians roaming abroad from returning to huge fees, and therefore the dreaded “bill shock”?

First of all, the new...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

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.

Streaming movies whilst still in theatres, enough to combat piracy?

Piracy is an issue which has plagued studios of various mediums for years, and controversially, sometimes helps to push boundaries, as was the case with the music industry. Now Disney and Sony wish to do the same with film and are trialling streaming brand-new titles whilst they’re in theatres.

First, let’s take a look at how music rose, fell, and has got back stronger than ever.

When music had to be obtained from your local record shop; you had to think long and hard about which artist...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Licensing, Mobile, Piracy.