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...
Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how
First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.
For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.
It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...
Name your car E.T. - by 2015 it will “phone home” via eCall
The European Commission has signed off draft legislation which requires all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with an eCall device.
Okay, by “home” it will actually call 112 – the emergency number in Europe – but that wouldn’t have allowed me such a cheesy, obvious headline.
eCall transmits a “minimum set of data” in the event of an accident, including the exact location; this helps cut down response times significantly and will in theory help to prevent annual...
“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner
The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.
Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA
Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.
The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.
Will 4G pave the path for growth?
Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.
In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.
The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...
YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way
YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.
Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.
The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...
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...
Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter
Collaborative is the new black
Last week I had the opportunity to speak about Net Neutrality at two separate events organised for and around internet start-ups. The first was an informal gathering organised by the recently founded France Digitale, a structure devoted to carrying the voice of internet entrepreneurs to the...
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...
BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G
For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...
Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.
Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...
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...
Startling number of European businesses unsatisfied with network service quality
The findings from this...
FTTH network sharing goes mainstream in Spain
What it takes to compete with Over-The-Top television
For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on a big in-depth report on NGA services. Although its importance can sometimes be exaggerated, TV content is of course at the heart of NGA portfolio considerations, and I wanted to delve a little bit here into how I have examined that issue.
The notion that broadband providers are scared of on-demand TV is not new, and it’s an understatement. All of the...
Neelie Kroes repeats her call for a single market for telecoms in Europe
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has used her keynote speech at MWC 2013 to reiterate her vision of a single market for telecoms in Europe. Kroes believes that a fragmented regulatory environment and inconsistent application of the rules is hampering investment and innovation, and that increased harmonisation is the only answer.
While a more thorough implementation of the existing framework is certainly desirable, Ovum questions just how much operators are...
EU broadband budget slashed by 90 percent, plans in tatters
A budget reshuffle from the European Union has culminated in the European broadband budget being cut by 90%, from €9.2 billion (£7bn) to €1 billion (£859m) and leaving original broadband rollout plans in tatters.
The original plans were for every building in Europe to have access to a 30Mbps or faster connection by 2020, but they seem to have been kyboshed by this latest cut. The overall EU infrastructure investment budget has been slashed from €50bn to €24bn.
Neelie Kroes, digital agenda VP...