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EU Telecoms Policy

Latest news about the European Union's policy on telecommunications.

Political agreement on the rules shaping the telecommunication markets in the 5G era 06 June 2018, 23:38 CET
The European Parliament and the Council reached late on 5 June a political agreement to update the EU's telecoms rules. The new European Electronic Communications Code, proposed by the Commission, will boost investments in very high capacity networks across the EU, including in remote and rural areas.

EU agrees cap on international call fees by 2019, 5G network by 2020 06 June 2018, 23:48 CET
The Euro-Parliament and Council reached political agreement to update the EU's telecoms rules late Tuesday, giving EU citizens access to a 5G network by 2020 and capping costs of international calls.

Screening of telecoms websites 21 May 2018, 17:38 CET
The European Commission and national consumer protection authorities published on 18 May results of an EU-wide screening of 207 websites offering fixed/mobile phone, internet, audio and video streaming services.

Telecoms sites misleading customers, EU sweep shows 23 May 2018, 00:01 CET
Sites offering telecoms services could be infringing EU consumer law, according to results of an EU-wide screening of websites offering fixed/mobile phone, internet, audio and video streaming services.

EU radio spectrum deal paves way for 5G 06 March 2018, 22:40 CET
The European Parliament, the EU Council and the Commission have reached a provisional political agreement on several important parts regarding the EU's new telecom rules and radio spectrum policy.

Legislators should not lose sight of correcting discriminatory wholesale roaming charges despite progress on EECC 08 February 2018, 16:05 CET
Legislators make welcome progress on pro-competitive radio spectrum aspects of the draft European Electronic Communications Code, but high wholesale roaming charges are still hurting MVNOs and damaging competition for mobile services.

Study on Spectrum Assignment in the European Union 23 October 2017, 22:56 CET
The objective of the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU was to assess the specific elements, processes and conditions under which radio spectrum, in particular for 5G usage including wireless broadband, should be authorised and assigned by Member States and how timely access to spectrum can contribute more fully to the general objectives set out by the EU regulatory framework (SMART 2016/0019). The study has determined that both regulators and mobile operators would generally prefer to continue adopting the current approach to spectrum authorisation and assignment and that the current authorisation framework is generally fit for delivering current services.

EU states set for talks on new telecoms rules, 5G 12 October 2017, 13:44 CET
EU Member States signalled their readiness Wednesday to begin talks with the European Parliament on new rules for the electronic communications sector that will prepare Europe for the era of 5G.

MEPs seek cheaper intra-EU phone calls 04 October 2017, 13:43 CET
Long-distance intra-EU calls should cost the same as calling within the same country, according to a draft law approved by a European Parliament committee on Monday.

Europeans start to roam like at home 27 September 2017, 23:17 CET
Europeans are aware of new EU mobile roaming rules and have started changing their habits when travelling abroad, a survey conducted after the first summer without the charges shows.

End of mobile roaming charges in the EU 14 June 2017, 22:40 CET
EU roaming charges no longer apply from 15 June 2017, meaning Europeans who travel within the EU will be able to call, text and connect on their mobile devices at the same price as they pay at home.

EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G 26 April 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU adopted a decision on opening the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband services Tuesday, in order to boost mobile connectivity and drive the roll-out of 5G technology.

Mobile roaming surcharges in EU to end by summer 08 April 2017, 23:01 CET
The last hurdle on the way to ending retail 'roaming' surcharges, scheduled for 15 June 2017, was cleared Thursday as the European Parliament voted for the abolition of wholesale price caps.

After-sales calls should not be excessive: EU Court 03 March 2017, 00:22 CET
The cost of making a call to an after-sales telephone number must not exceed the cost of a standard call, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

Agreement on roaming wholesale caps detrimental to competition and end-users 01 February 2017, 17:19 CET
Yesterday evening, an agreement was reached between EU lawmakers and Member States on the level of caps for the wholesale roaming charges mobile network operators pay each other when their customers call, send texts or use their data in another EU member State.

End to mobile roaming charges in sight as EU agrees price caps 02 February 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU institutions agreed Tuesday evening on price caps for wholesale mobile roaming markets - the prices operators charge each other when customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.

5G mobile internet a step closer with 700 MHz deal 16 December 2016, 15:55 CET
EU Member States will make the 700 MHz band available for wireless broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed informally on Wednesday evening.

End of EU roaming charges in 2017 26 April 2017, 17:56 CET
You will not have roaming charges when travelling to another EU country from 15 June 2017. Every existing or new contract that includes roaming services will change to "roam like at home" contract. New EU rules will cover data services, voice calls and SMS.

Europe's Galileo satnav system goes live 16 December 2016, 17:09 CET
Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo goes live for public authorities and businesses on Thursday, with the promise of accurate, fast and more reliable positioning for end users.

Find a Galileo-enabled device to use - 15 December 2016, 11:17 CET
Galileo is Europe's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), providing users with improved positioning and timing information. With the declaration of Initial Services, Galileo is moving from a global satellite navigation system (GNSS) in testing, to a live, operational service. For the first time, European satellites are providing users with global positioning, navigation and timing information. In the lead up to Galileo Initial Services, many forward-looking companies have created Galileo-enabled receivers, chipsets and modules – many of which are already available on the market. This tool helps you keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available.

WIFI4EU - Free Wi-Fi for Europeans 12 September 2017, 17:55 CET
The WiFi4EU initiative supports the installation of free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU: in public squares, town halls, parks, libraries, and other public spaces.

WIFI4EU - Free Wi-Fi for Europeans 14 May 2018, 18:25 CET
The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU.

End of roaming charges in 2017: Q&A on fair use policy and other preparatory measures 22 September 2016, 22:49 CET
The European Commission discussed on 21 September a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

New EU roaming plan drops time limits 22 September 2016, 00:33 CET
The European Commission agreed at its weekly meeting Wednesday to make a number of changes to the EU plan to end mobile phone roaming charges in 2017 in order to "avoid abuses".

EU should focus on boosting competition in telecom sector overhaul 14 September 2016, 18:08 CET
The European Commission has today proposed to adapt EU telecom rules and ensure citizens have high-speed access to the internet and better protection in communication services. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) welcomes these measures but is worried that the new rules could lead to less competition between telecom providers.