“Reform is long overdue” says Three, TalkTalk, Consumer Futures, and Which?

Whilst the European Commission pushes for a single telecoms regulator; the UK’s, Ofcom, battles against a bureaucratic-like system where its important decisions are caught in a constant fight around big companies’ lawyers (and ultimately ends up falling flat on its face.)

This harms the entire industry as mobile operators essentially remain unregulated and free to take advantage - or not meet the certain standards / targets expected by...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, Operators.

CTIA finds volunteers for TV spectrum sharing

Back in April 2012, the FCC announced that it will be allowing two or more TV stations to share the same band of spectrum; spawning an ambitious new trial by industry-body CTIA. The test will take place in Los Angeles, California and will find out if it is indeed a viable solution for broadcasters to not use the full six megahertz.

For a trial, it’s rather essential you have a couple of willing participants. Luckily, Los Angeles TV stations KCLS and KJLA have volunteered…

The stations will be broadcasting...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Ofcom’s Justin Moore discusses effective spectrum management #TTW

As the UK’s telecommunications regulator; Ofcom has the important task of ensuring fairness, equality, and all-round efficient management when handling spectrum. The market is as hungry as ever for more data-consumption; therefore capacity is one of the main talking points.

Speaking at Telecoms Tech World in London; Justin Moore, Principal Policy Advisor at Ofcom, enlightens us to the stats which point at a 10 petabyte increase in daily usage.

According to research by Cisco; we can expect a 9x increase...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi.

Coin – the latest startup aiming to make the credit card history

Meet San Francisco-based digital startup Coin. The company’s ethos is to build products which “simplify, improve and fit seamlessly into your life” – and a new product released today aims to do precisely that.

Coin’s solution is to have one card to rule them all – a connected device which holds the information of all your other cards and accounts, with users able to chop and change with a circular button on the front of the display.

Alongside the Coin app,...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Government.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!

Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.

Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.

Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Research.

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.

Make switching telco providers easier, says regulator Ofcom

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom could be in danger over the next few years; as part of the EU Commission’s plan for a single regulator across Europe – but it doesn’t mean the institution won’t use its weight for good in the meantime...

Speaking at Consumers and Citizens in the Communications Sector - Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, calls on the industry to make it simpler for consumers to change communications providers.

Mr Richards made note...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

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.