16 providers join latest EU-backed 5G research project

A group of 16 leading providers will join ‘FANTASTIC 5G’, the latest EU-backed research project designed to develop standards for the next-generation of mobile technology. The initiative, “designed to boost capacity, flexibility and improve efficiency for 5G”, according to a …

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Huawei CEO continues European charm offensive

Huawei’s rotating CEO Guo Ping continued his charm offensive in Europe, suggesting in a blog post on its European website that EU-China cooperation holds huge potential for enabling the continent’s industrial sector to take a leadership role in the digital …

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EU agrees end date for roaming, backs net neutrality

The European Union finally reached a deal that will see the end of roaming charges in June 2017, as well as enshrining net neutrality rules. A compromise was agreed between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the …

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EC chief unveils telecoms reform, warns Europe just at “starting line”

Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice-president for the digital single market, boasted about an ambitious overhaul of telecoms rules, including more effective spectrum allocation, incentives for investment in high-speed broadband and ensuring a level playing field for all market players. However, …

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EU mobile operators face roaming allowance pressure

A European Union (EU) document, seen by Reuters, proposes that Europe’s mobile operators will have to offer their customers at least 100MB of data a year, at domestic rates, before they can charge additional roaming fees. It’s a step up …

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EU reform policy will look at competitive threat from WhatsApp, Skype – report

The European Commission (EC) is reportedly keen to ensure US internet giants are subject to the same regulatory rules as network-based incumbents. “It is necessary to design a fair and future-proof regulatory environment for all services,” writes a draft EC policy …

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Europe’s new antitrust chief warns on consolidation — report

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager cautioned that consumer pricing must be protected following a recent spate of M&A activity in Europe. Speaking with the Financial Times, Vestager (pictured) also questioned whether consolidation could encourage greater network investment. On the first …

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European Council pushes back on roaming

A new proposal by the European Council calls for a review of the wholesale roaming market that should be completed by mid-2018 — in contrast to the European Commission’s proposal to finish with the charges by the end of this …

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EC set to expand probe into Orange-Jazztel deal

EU antitrust regulators will probably launch an in-depth investigation into Orange’s €3.4 billion bid for Jazztel, the Spanish fixed operator and MVNO, Reuters has reported. The EC could announce the investigation today (4 December), according to sources. An investigation of …

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