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GSMA calls for investment ‘step change’

GSMA calls for investment ‘step change’

At a meeting of the EC’s Telecoms Council, mobile industry trade body the GSMA has called on Ministers to commit to the rapid adoption of the telecoms regulatory framework reforms…

Lebanese Court orders al-Manar back onto Arabsat

Controversial Arabic channel al-Manar was taken off air last December because of its lack of balance and its support of Hezbollah. The channel was alleged to have breached Arabsat’s contract…

EBU support for Digital Single Market proposals

EBU support for Digital Single Market proposals

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has said it believes the European Commission’s proposal on broadcasters’ online transmissions and retransmissions will enable more Public service media (PSM) content to circulate online…

Italy switches off TV pirates

Italy has been plagued for more than 10 years by dozens of unlicensed Italian pirate broadcasters. Indeed, they have been on air for so long that they have become part…

Broadband Forum seeks virtualisation consensus

The Broadband Forum has announced the first steps have been taken to form a new industry connectivity and virtualisation committee of global service providers which will resolve how connectivity and…

PEMRA bans 11 “Christian” channels

Pakistan’s media regulator PEMRA has reportedly banned “at least” 11 TV channels alleged to be broadcasting Christian content on the nation’s cable distribution systems. Last month PEMRA completely proscribed all…

SiriusXM settles copyright row for $99m

SiriusXM settles copyright row for $99m

SiriusXM, the satellite subscription radio, is to pay up to $99 million to settle a group of lawsuits over a music copyright issue for recordings made before 1972. Federal copyright…

Ofcom to force BT Openreach split

Ofcom to force BT Openreach split

UK comms regulator Ofcom is proceeding with a formal notification to require the legal separation of infrastructure unit Openreach from BT, after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address…

Openreach: An open and shut case

Frustrated by the ‘don’t worry we know best’ negotiating stance of the UK’s incumbent telco BT, regulator Ofcom has finally made the first move to legally split the broadband provider…

Italian TV licensing restructuring a “great success”

Italian TV licensing restructuring a “great success”

Back on July 1st the Italian government revised its TV licensing system. It lowered the annual fee from €113 to €100 and legislated that the fee had to be collected…

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