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.

UK prepares to defend (and fight) Cyber Warfare with new unit

Next-generation warfare doesn’t sound quite as appealing as next-generation consoles; but they have something in common, they are both likely to be technologically-based.

Internationally we are fairly versed in frontline, manned, mechanical battles; guns, tanks, ships, jets, helicopters – all the devastating machinery which has stolen too many lives.

Yet the latest, and perhaps biggest threat; many of us have in our bedrooms – the computer.

Many see the “Internet of Things” trend in a utopian...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

There are no surprises in the EC’s telecoms framework reform

James Robinson, Analyst, Policy and Regulation

After some leaked documentation and countless news stories, the EC has adopted its proposals for a reform of the EU telecoms regulations. The new rules, therefore, offer no surprises. However, they should still be viewed as the most ambitious plans that the sector has seen since liberalization occurred. The centerpiece of the EC’s plans is reducing, and subsequently eliminating, mobile roaming charges, but measures such as consistency in wholesale access will also...

By Ovum Research, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Operators.

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.

Roaming charges may (still) become a thing of the past

Despite rumours of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU Commission, dropping plans to scrap roaming charges; our favourite fighter for better telecommunications in Europe took to Twitter with a clear message: “Attention, everyone: I am NOT dropping plans to end roaming premiums in EU”.

This is great news for consumers; many of which may have experienced returning home from abroad to a bill which requires a double-take.

Leading a rebellion to the plans are heavyweights including; Vodafone, Orange...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Industry, Networks.

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.

Vodafone UK puts its 4G LTE cards on the table

TelecomsTech has previously reported on Everything Everywhere (EE) and O2’s 4G pushes, and wonders what the view is like from Vodafone’s tower as the provider outlines its coverage plans

Vodafone is to launch its UK 4G service on 29 August in 12 cities, following an investment of £900m in its network.

29 August, of course, is when O2 is rolling out its LTE package, leaving only Three as non-4G ready by the end...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Tips for landing a job: 1) Become a US whistleblower 2) Spend two months in an airport

Edward Snowden is a name you may be familiar with by now. TelecomsTech, and just about every other global publication has reported on the NSA whistleblower on several occasions.

While you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just another Snowden story, for Ed, the saga continues...

After spending over two months in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport; the people’s anti-hero has been given temporary asylum in Russia for up to a year. So what on earth will he do with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Security.

Telefónica buys E-Plus to create Germany’s largest operator

Telefónica has bought KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus - in a deal worth €5 billion ($6.6 billion) to create Germany’s largest operator.

The Spanish firm - who already has a hand in the German market - will take up a 65 percent majority stake in the company. The combination of the company’s current customer base with KPN’s will mean a cumulative base of 43 million customers; controlling 40 percent of Germany’s users.

Currently, the market leaders – Deutsche...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.