Category archives for: Regulation

Cable Europe: ‘Infrastructure leader, not laggard’


In the run-up to Cable Congress in mid-March in Brussels, Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe, has suggested that Europeans might have the opportunity to lead the way when it comes to investment in broadband and digital infrastructure. In a blog post, Kurth noted that in the last few years, the cable sector had been in a permanent state of […]

UK ISPs commit to Open Internet

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has confirmed that all of the UK’s leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have now signed up to a voluntary Code of Practice in support of the Open Internet. The Open Internet Code was launched in 2012, building on previous work on the transparency of traffic management. EE, Virgin Media and Vodafone have recently signed up […]

​​​​Fox/Dish ‘pause’ ad-skipping trial


Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network, up to now both serious litigants in their arguments over Dish’s AutoHop ad-skipping technology, have jointly asked a California judge to pause their actions. Currently, the two are working to a 2010 provisional agreement which allows broadcasting – and the AutoHop/Hopper technology – to continue. A full trial was slated for to start within the […]

Kenya: Broadcasters get tough with Pay-TV

Kenya’s free-to-air national broadcasters have long complained about the ‘theft’ of their terrestrial signals by the country’s two pay-TV operators, GoTV and StarTimes. The argument became extremely heated in 2014 when the FIFA World Cup signals were re-transmitted by the two pay-TV players. Now, three broadcasters Standard Media Grp (which broadcasts the Kenya TV Network, KTN), Royal Media Services (Citizen […]

Vodafone: “Ban Telefonica’s Canal Plus buy”

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Vodafone-Ono is putting pressure on the Spanish competition watchdog CNMC to stop Telefonica’s acquisition of the pay-TV operator Canal Plus from becoming a reality. Vodafone Spain’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, Pedro Peña, has said that CNMC should prohibit or at least subject the operation to stricter conditions to guarantee free competition in the market and avoid a monopoly. […]

Ofcom consults on ‘5G’ mobile

UK regulator Ofcom is calling on the UK telecoms industry to help lay the foundations for the UK’s next generation of wireless communications, and is seeking views on spectrum bands above 6 GHz that might be suitable for future mobile communication services. So-called ‘5G’ mobile communications are expected to be able to use very high frequency spectrum – the raw […]

StarSat resumes ‘Adult’ programming


South Africa’s StarSat (formerly ODM/TopTV) has restarted its controversial adult programming. The decision was made as the broadcaster is mounting an appeal at South Africa’s Supreme Court against the decision to force the broadcaster to end transmissions. A Cape Town court in November 2015 had ruled that the broadcasts should end. Meanwhile, StarSat is still waiting for South Africa’s ICASA […]

Ofcom tells BT to offer rivals better margin


BT could be forced to raise its broadband prices or cut the charges for rivals to use its network under tough tests being proposed by regulator Ofcom. The new rules are designed to ensure that BT cannot exploit its market position against Sky and TalkTalk. For now, Ofcom judges that BT’s retail and wholesale prices comply with the new test. […]

New President for Arcep

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French telecom watchdog Arcep has appointed a new president, Sébastien Soriano, who will succeed Jean-Ludovic Silicani, after being approved by French Assembly and Senate houses. Soriano was formerly Fleur Pellerin’s special advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Communication. In his role as Arcep President, he will have to tackle several hot topics such as the mobile sector, the 700Mhz […]

Kudelski, Netflix resolve patent litigation


Online entertainment streaming service Netflix and digital security specialist the Kudelski Group have entered into a comprehensive product relationship enabling the Kudelski Group to pre-integrate its NAGRA anyCAST content protection and OpenTV connectware products with the Netflix service for the benefit of Kudelski’s customers and prospects. Under the agreement, the parties will dismiss all pending patent litigation in the United […]

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