EU Telecoms Policy
Latest news about the European Union's policy on telecommunications.
- EU, China have much to lose if trade war breaks out: analysts — 19 May 2013, 13:43 CET
The latest tit-for-tat EU-China trade disputes could signal worse to come but both sides have a lot to lose if things get out of hand and harm the much-needed economic growth they seek, say analystsc.
- China warns EU to drop telecom probe, solar panel tax — 16 May 2013, 11:16 CET
China on Thursday warned the European Union against escalating bilateral trade disputes, urging Brussels to drop plans to probe Chinese telecom products and impose hefty taxes on its solar panels.
- EU warns China of telecoms probe — 15 May 2013, 16:02 CET
The EU has alerted China to its decision to launch an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe involving the mobile telecommunications networks sector, Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht announced on Wednesday.
- Microsoft, Oracle take Google to task at EU over Android phones — 10 April 2013, 12:04 CET
Google is in the firing line again as a group of major
companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, complain to the European Commission over Google's offerings for Android-powered mobile phones.
- EU 'looking at' Apple practices following queries — 23 March 2013, 20:39 CET
European Union competition watchdogs said Friday they were "looking into" potential anti-trust issues at iPad and iPhone giant Apple, following queries raised by telecommunications operators.
- Telecom Italia posts EUR 1.6 bn loss for 2012 — 07 March 2013, 22:04 CET
Telecom Italia posted Thursday a net loss of 1.627 billion euros ($2.1
billion) for 2012, hit by an asset write-down of more than 4.4 billion
euros in part on investments in Brazil.
- EU drops probe into major telecoms over mobile standards — 07 March 2013, 14:53 CET
The European Commission is dropping an investigation into five huge European telecoms companies over possible collusion in setting industry standards for mobile phones.
- EU slaps EUR 79 m fine on Telefonica, Portugal Telecom — 23 January 2013, 17:49 CET
European Union anti-trust authorities announced on Wednesday a fine of 79 million euros against Telefonica and Portugal Telecom for breaching EU competition rules in Portugal and Spain.
- Samsung - Enforcement of ETSI standards essential patents (SEPs) — 21 December 2012, 23:43 CET
The European Commission has informed Samsung of its preliminary view that Samsung's seeking of injunctions against Apple in various EU Member States on the basis of its mobile phone standard-essential patents ("SEPs") amounts to an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU antitrust rules. While recourse to injunctions is a possible remedy for patent infringements, such conduct may be abusive where SEPs are concerned and the potential licensee is willing to negotiate a licence on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (so-called "FRAND") terms. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.
- Samsung injunctions against Apple breach rules: EU — 21 December 2012, 23:42 CET
The European Commission said Friday that South Korea's Samsung Electronics was abusing its dominant market position in certain technologies when it took out injunctions against fierce rival Apple.
- EU says to set out anti-trust case against Samsung soon — 20 December 2012, 21:37 CET
The EU will set out its case against Samsung Electronics "very soon" following an anti-trust probe of the smartphone and mobile tablet market, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Thursday.
- Digital Agenda Review - new digital priorities for 2013-2014 — 19 December 2012, 00:20 CET
The European Commission has adopted seven new priorities for the digital economy and society. The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, but the Commission says this potential is currently held back by a patchy pan-European policy framework. Today's priorities follow a comprehensive policy review and place new emphasis on the most transformative elements of the original 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe.
- Samsung drops injunction requests against Apple in Europe — 19 December 2012, 00:02 CET
South Korean tech giant Samsung is to drop a legal request to ban Apple
products in five European countries but will maintain lawsuits for
alleged patent infringement, a Samsung spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday.
- EU clears Li Ka-shing acquisition of Orange Austria — 12 December 2012, 17:30 CET
The European Commission cleared Wednesday the acquisition of the Orange
Austria mobile business by Hutchison 3G, part of the ports-to-telecoms
conglomerate owned by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing.
- Hungary to scrap controversial 'crisis' taxes — 22 November 2012, 10:49 CET
Hungary announced late Wednesday that it will do away with controversial
"crisis taxes" on the retail and telecommunications sectors from January
2013, after the European Union (EU) called for them to be scrapped.
- Harmonisation of radio frequency bands - boost for 4G — 07 November 2012, 13:32 CET
The European Commission is add another 120 MHz to the radio spectrum portfolio for 4G technologies, such as LTE (Long Term Evolution), around the 2 GHz band. This band is currently solely used for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) wireless communications, known as 3G networks.
- Calling Kosovo: you must dial Serbia first — 31 October 2012, 20:17 CET
Kosovo may have declared independence in 2008, but when it comes to
phone lines, it is still part of Serbia, which has refused to recognise
the breakaway territory's sovereignty.
- Iran slams EU satellite bans as illegal — 16 October 2012, 16:47 CET
Iran on Tuesday slammed a decision by France's Eutelsat and Arqiva of
Britain to stop broadcasting Iranian state television channels as "without
- Love to chat but trillion-euro phone bill? — 10 October 2012, 14:52 CET
A Frenchwoman who received a telephone bill for an amount equivalent to
nearly 6,000 times the country's annual economic output has had the real
amount she owed waived -- after finally convincing the company they must
have made a mistake.
- Galileo Satellite Navigation Agency now based in Prague — 06 September 2012, 17:21 CET
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) inaugurated its new premises in Prague on 6 September. Previously headquartered provisionally in Brussels, the GSA moved its seat to Prague over this summer, as had been agreed by the EU Heads of State and Government on 10 December 2010.
- EU clears UK 'mobile phone wallets' venture — 05 September 2012, 17:03 CET
The European Commission said Wednesday that it has cleared a joint venture between operators Telefonica of Spain and Vodafone and Everything Everywhere in Britain in mobile phone commerce.
- Promoting the shared use of radio spectrum resources in the internal market — 04 September 2012, 23:36 CET
In its Communication on "Promoting the shared use of radio spectrum resources in the internal market", published on 3 September, the European Commission pushes and supports EU Member States to move to an enhanced innovation-friendly internal market framework for the shared use of spectrum. Meeting the growing spectrum needs resulting from the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and the increasing importance of wireless connectivity in the economy, is limited by the absence of vacant spectrum. However, says the Commission, the radio spectrum is a unique resource that can be re-used more efficiently with advances in technologies. This makes additional spectrum resources available and lowers the spectrum access hurdles for new users. To cope with the demand and to attract investments into new technologies, the EU needs a supportive regulatory framework that enables legally binding spectrum sharing contracts between users to encourage wireless innovation in the internal market.
- Telecommunication Market and Regulatory Developments 2011 — 19 June 2012, 12:00 CET
Greater data consumption and a shift to mobile technologies (such as smartphones) and mobile services (such as 3G internet, music streaming and webmail) are the most significant trends in the information & communications technologies (ICT) sector, which now accounts for 8 million jobs and 6% of EU GDP, according to the Annual Digital Agenda scoreboard.
- Digital Agenda Scoreboard - need for structural economic reform across Europe and surplus of ICT jobs — 19 June 2012, 12:04 CET
Europe's citizens, businesses and innovator s are generating enough digital demand to put Europe into sustainable economic growth, but failure to supply enough fast internet, online content, research and relevant skills is undermining this potential. Greater data consumption and a shift to mobile technologies (such as smartphones) and mobile services (such as 3G internet, music streaming and webmail) are the most significant trends in the information & communications technologies (ICT) sector, which now accounts for 8 million jobs and 6% of EU GDP.
- Google lodges Nokia, Microsoft complaint with EU — 04 June 2012, 17:48 CET
US Internet giant Google has lodged a complaint with European Union competition authorities against Finland's Nokia and its US software peer Microsoft.