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EBU calls for cross-border access to content

EU decision makers should give citizens “the keys to enjoy more TV and radio programmes” from across Europe, according to the EBU and BEUC. At an event yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) supported the adoption of draft copyright licensing rules relating to broadcasters’ online transmissions […]

Europe at ‘crunch point’ ahead of 5G transition

Europe is at a ‘crunch point’ when it comes to telecoms, with the planned move to 5G set to transform how people live, work, play and communicate. This is according to Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, commenting ahead of his speech at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. […]

EU reaches agreement on content portability

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s Digital […]

EU institutions agree plan to allocate 700MHz band to mobile in 2020

European institutions have agreed on a plan to coordinate the use of 700MHz band – hitherto used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting – fore mobile applications. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have agreed on how to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band across European borders, which they believe will facilitate the […]

Broadcasters slam new EC copyright plan to increase mobility

A body  that represents European commercial broadcasters and international media groups has reacted unfavourably to new rules on copyright unveiled by the European Commission that could see an extension of the country of origin principle and weaken the ability of rights-holders to trade on a territory-specific basis. The EC proposals, unveiled to coincide with EC president […]

EC and industry groups set out 5G vision

Media and telecom industry groups are setting out their positions ahead of the European Commission’s launch of a ‘manifesto’ for the deployment of the technology in Europe and planned September unveiling of an ‘action plan’ for 5G mobile networks. The 5G manifesto identified key requirements, including substantial investments in new infrastructure, a large amount of […]

EC sets July deadline for Liberty-Vodafone decision

The European Commission’s competition authority has set a provisional July 19 deadline for ruling on Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch merger. The Commission will opt to either approve the deal with or without conditions in the preliminary phase or open a full-scale investigation, according to Reuters. Vodafone and Liberty Global agreed in February to merge […]

Commission’s media plans attract mixed reaction

Industry players have reacted to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, unveiled by the European Commission yesterday. John Enser, a partner at media law firm Olswang said the introduction of a European quota for on-demand content will prove controversial. “In an on-demand environment, the prominence obligation is likely to prove highly controversial and subjective – […]

EC greenlights Telenet acquisition of BASE

The European Commission has approved Telenet’s buyout of Belgian mobile operator BASE Company. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator said that the acquisition of BASE Company is now scheduled to be legally closed in “the coming days”. Belgian operator Telenet agreed to buy domestic mobile player BASE for €1.325 billion last April. Telenet said at the time […]

EC spectrum plan raises alarm at EBU

The EBU has expressed strong concern about proposals from the European Commission to set a hard 2020 deadline for clearance of the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile applications and introduce a ‘flexibility option’ to enable other services to use sub-700MHz UHF frequencies under certain circumstances. The EBU says the proposals go against the conclusions of […]