EC to create European audiovisual media regulators group

The European Commission has formally established a new group of EU regulatory authorities covering audiovisual services.  The group brings together he heads or high-level executives of national independent regulators bodes to advise the Commission on how to implement its Audiovisual Media Services Directive. According to the EC, the new body will help determine how to […]

EU reportedly to investigate pay TV territory rights rules

The European Commission is set to launch an antitrust investigation into the sale of premium sports and movies rights that could break the model of geographically-restricted rights deals within the EU, according to press reports.  According to the Financial Times, The Commission’s planned investigation follows on from the European Court of Justice ruling in 2011 […]

EC expert advice calls for reduced regulation

Fewer telecom markets should be regulated at EU level, and there is no need for renewed EU-level regulation of broadcasting, according to an expert advice report presented to the European Commission. However, it notes that the the particularities of broadcasting market means that it cannot be considered to be “effectively competitive”. The study, which recommends […]

Telecom package is indivisible, says Kroes

EU vice-president Neelie Kroes has defended her proposals for a single telecom market and has said that she is proposing a complete package that will not be adopted on a piecemeal basis.  Speaking at the Financial Times-European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (FT-ETNO) Summit in Belgium, Kroes said that European telecom operators are currently unable to […]

Bundled packages and DTT penetration grow across EU

Forty-five per cent of EU households now purchase a bundle of telecom services, with triple-play penetration now standing at 16% and quad-play penetration standing at 3%, according to the latest E-Communications Household Survey from the EU. Twenty-five per cent of households take a double-play service.  Luxembourg is the bundled service leader, with 68% of households […]

Kroes firms up telecom single market plan, calls for net neutrality

EU vice-president Neelie Kroes has firmed up her proposals for a single market in telecom services and reiterated that a package will be introduced in September.  Kroes said that the economic boost from a single telecommunications market could be as high as €110 billion a year and that the broadband business could create two million […]

Half of EU internet users ‘ready to upgrade’

Almost half of European internet users are willing to upgrade or change supplier to get access to higher speeds, according to an EU-wide survey.  According to the EU E-Communications Household Survey, 45% of European households are prepared to upgrade their internet subscriptions or switch supplier to get higher speed broadband. Around 40% of internet users […]

EU making digital progress

Over half of European Union citizens can now access broadband speeds of more than 30Mbps, according to the EU’s latest ‘digital scorecard’. According to the latest survey, 54% of EU citizens now can access 30Mbps broadband or above. Thirty-six per cent of people have access to the internet via a portable computer or other mobile […]

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