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EC issues Spanish broadband warning

The European Commission has formally asked the Spanish telecoms regulator (CNMC) to withdraw or amend its plans to regulate the prices Telefonica can charge other operators that want to sell broadband services based on its network.  The EC said it was particularly concerned that the Spanish regulator´s proposed price-setting model would result in regulated prices […]

Europe now has 100% broadband coverage

Europe has achieved 100% basic broadband coverage, one of the main goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe, the European Commission announced. Thanks to pan-EU availability of satellite broadband, every European across 28 countries can now take out a satellite subscription, including the three million people not already covered by fixed and mobile broadband networks, […]

EU calls for a ‘connected continent’

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe is falling behind in the ICT sector and has called for the EU to “bring down borders” and an “open environment supporting the open internet.” Speaking at Hubforum in Paris, Kroes, who is responsible for the European Commission’s digital agenda, said that the fact that none […]

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 […]

One week left for EU internet TV consultation

The European Commission’s consultation on media convergence, looking at issues such as connected TV standards, on-demand broadcast rules and TV advertising limitations, is due to close at the end of next week.  The EU initially the Green Paper, called ‘Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values’, back in April and set […]

Orange’s Richard hits out at EC on antitrust probe

Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has hit out at the European Commission for what he sees as its obsession with antitrust rules aimed at curbing the power of former incumbent telcos. Richard, speaking to French daily Le Figaro in the wake of the recent raids on the offices of several large European telcos including Orange as […]

EC launches state aid investigation into Numericable

The European Commission has launched an investigation into French cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of networks owned by 33 municipalities over whether the operator benefited from illegal state aid. According to the EC, the sale of public assets to a private enterprise without appropriate compensation can be held to confer an advantage over other competitors and […]

Europe in danger of being sidelined without telecoms single market, says Kroes

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has again called for progress towards a single market in telecommunications and has outlined a number of measures that she would like to implement. At a public hearing at the end of last week, Kroes said that Europe was in danger of being left behind in the race to deploy […]

Europe approves Liberty-Virgin Media buyout

The European Commission has green-lit Liberty Global’s planned buyout of Virgin Media, claiming the deal would not raise competition concerns.  The €17.2 billion acquisition, which will bring together Europe’s largest cable operator and the second-largest pay TV operator in the UK, was cleared today under EU merger regulations. The commission said that the deal would […]

European wireless falling behind, warns Kroes

European digital commissioner Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe needs to work together to stop its wireless industry from falling behind the rest of the world.  In a speech made at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, Kroes called for a “more coherent, more integrated, more efficient” European telecoms market in order to foster mobile broadband […]

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