Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to do really is to reduce what the commission perceives as an excessive gap in short-term profitability between copper and fiber. Kroes seems to believe that this incentive will be enough for incumbents to make the jump and finally invest in their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

EU Commissioner calls for more broadband investment

The European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes is pushing for a €9.2 billion fund aimed at supporting the creation of a super European broadband infrastructure.The funding will be available in the form of equity and guarantees to expand broadband coverage, and will cover the period from 2014 -2020. The so-called 'Connecting Europe Facility,' funded by the €9.2 billion, will boost broadband investment and pan-European digital public services, it is hoped.Speaking about the new plans, Ms Kroes said: "€6.4 billion of...

By Verity Gough, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Government.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.

India imposes 100 text cap

Telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages that can be sent from a mobile phone to deter tele-marketers, according to reports.The new ruling comes after several failed attempts to rein in the tele-marketing firms who have been freely sending unsolicited marketing texts to users on a daily basis. Under the current system, subscribers can register their numbers with a "national do not call" list by sending a text to a 1909 number.The latest measure comes after an announcement in December that companies found...

By Verity Gough, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Government, India, Mobile, Networks.

TalkTalk and Tiscali slapped with fines for billing errors

TalkTalk and Tiscali have been ordered by OfCom to pay a £3 million fine after they were found to have been wrongly billing customers for services they never received.The two telcos failed to clean up their billing systems despite being warned by OfCom in November 2010 and given until 2 December to sort them out.The communications watchdog said this morning that they now have 30 days to pay up. In addition, TalkTalk and Tiscali UK have received a lower penalty than they might otherwise have been given, had they not taken...

By Verity Gough, 18 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government.

Location Analytics Market Forecast to Reach $9Bn in 2016

LONDON – As a result of the recent “locationgate” controversy (centering on Apple’s and others’ logging of the location of mobile devices as they are used by consumers) the location-based services (LBS) and advertising (LBA) markets have come under intense scrutiny, with privacy legislation a major focus.  

But according to ABI Research senior analyst Patrick Connolly, “ABI Research believes...

By Otilia Otlacan, 02 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Geo-location, Government, Industry, Research.

All .com and .net domain sites under US jurisdiction

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, (ICE) has said that any website with a .com and .net domain fall within its jurisdiction, regardless of where their servers are based in the world.

Erik Barnett, assistant deputy director of ICE, said that all such sites would be fair game if suspected in involvement of spreading US films, music and other media covered by intellectual property rules; and even sites liking to them.

He said that the agency would actively target sites deemed to be in breach of...

By Matt Henkes, 04 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government.