Swisscom, Sunrise, Orange and upc cablecom have signed a net neutrality agreement that they claim will guarantee an open internet in Switzerland.
By Hartwig Tauber, Director General of FTTH Council Europe
There is common agreement that rural areas would benefit the most from fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband networks. The good news is that FTTH is indeed possible in these rural areas.
The European Commission has intervened in the telecoms markets of Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium over a variety of infringements.
The European Commission has scrapped all regulation relating to the retail market for access to fixed telephony and the wholesale market for fixed call origination.
The UK regulator Ofcom has fined mobile operator Three £250,000 (€317,000) for failing to comply with its policy on handling customer complaints.
The European Commission has found no evidence to suggest that operators attempted to stifle services from rival networks.
By Adrian Baschnonga, Lead Telecommunications Analyst at EY
The Executive Chairman of Google has said that Europe will play a leading role in the global digital economy if it backs a single digital market.
Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière discusses Orange’s fibre broadband strategy, the French marketplace and European regulation
Scotland faces an uncertain future over spectrum, roaming and the cost of deploying telecoms services, if the country votes for independence, new research from Macquarie has said.
Europe, the Middle East and Africa are showing signs of “exceptional growth” in the uptake of super-fast broadband technologies according to Adtran, but regulators need to overcome a “stalemate” if nationwide rollouts are to be successful.
Teliasonera has boosted its presence in Norway by snapping up Tele2’s subsidiary in the country, but the deal has only highlighted a "miserable and failed" spectrum licencing process, according to one analyst.
Deutsche Telekom has accused the European Commission of creating a "massive imbalance" in the German market, after competition authorities finally gave Telefónica permission to take over Germany's E-Plus, in return for divesting spectrum and assets.
Ofcom has proposed new requirements on BT to promote competition in the superfast broadband market and rejected a complaint from TalkTalk.
Perhaps the most concerning thing about the telecoms industry is not the frequently expressed fears about stagnating revenues or OTT threats but the fact that while operators accept change is needed, they are not entirely sure what that change should be.
Three’s acquisition of O2 Ireland has been given the go ahead after the European Commission approved the deal on Wednesday.
The EU Court of Justice has ruled against a directive that required communications service providers to store personal customer data for up to two years.
The European Commission has asked the German telecoms regulator (BNetzA) to amend or withdraw plans to pay mobile termination rates (MTRs) to sipgate Wireless that are more than 80 percent higher than in most other Member States.
MEPs at the European Parliament face a backlash from the telecoms industry after voting overwhelmingly in favour of draft legislation that promises net neutrality and eliminates roaming across the continent.
A coalition of operators has called on the European Commission and the European Parliament to reduce wholesale roaming tariffs ahead of a vote next week.
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