European Commission

EC raises concerns of Orange-MásMóvil deal

The European Commission (EC) has voiced it concerns that the joint venture of Orange and MásMóvil may reduce competition in the retail supply of mobile and fixed internet services as well as of multiple-play bundles in Spain. Orange and MásMóvil are the second and fourth largest providers of retail mobile and fixed internet services in Spain.  There are […]

EU votes to make all mobile devices carry USB-C

All mobile devices sold in Europe by the end of 2024 must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, the EU has voted.  The long-awaited ruling will also see all laptops sold in the bloc need to make the switch by spring of 2026. The law will only cover hardware up to 100W of […]

More than a dozen telco CEOs call on EU to make big tech share network costs

Some 15 European telcos have sent a joint letter to the European Commission, urging the body to make big tech firms shoulder network costs in Europe. The EU is currently preparing an in-depth consultation into whether big tech players like Google, Netflix and Facebook should contribute towards telecoms network costs, and announced a review earlier […]

European Parliament approves DSA proposal to ban some targeted ads

The European Parliament has voted to approve the initial draft of the Digital Services Act (DSA), in a move which would look to curb advertising practises from big tech firms. The draft was overwhelmingly approved, with 530 MEPs voting in favour of the proposal. Some 78 MEPs voted against the act, while 80 abstained. The […]

European Commission considering infringement procedure of Italian media Law

The European Commission is reportedly on the verge of launching an infringement procedure against a controversial media law in Italy, according to la Repubblica. The country previously introduced a law that potentially curbed Canal+ owner Vivendi’s interests in the country. The law was introduced in November 2020 at a time of significant animosity between Vivendi […]

EC takes aim at IP theft with Piracy Watch List

The European Commission has published a ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ to highlight websites and marketplaces that undermine the intellectual property rights of EU companies and creators. The EC said the list aims to encourage the operators of these marketplaces, local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to crack down on IP abuse, while […]

European Parliament approves telecom code

The European Parliament has voted in favour of proposals to create a new European Electronic Communications Code and official status for a body of European regulators. The vote, which follows the European Commission launching the proposals as part of its Digital Single market strategy two years ago, opens the way for the European Council to […]

Cable Europe unsatisfied with EC position on VodafoneZiggo

Cable industry body Cable Europe has expressed its disappointment with the “open-ended and unclear” position of the European Commission has taken on the Liberty Global-Vodafone joint venture, VodafoneZiggo A draft decision by the Dutch regulator indentified the JV, as well as incumbent telco KPN, as having collective significant market power in the wholesale fixed broadband access market. […]

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