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EU delays decision on LEO constellation

The European Commission (EC) has paused making a decision on creating a rival mega-constellation of broadband satellites until later this year. The EC is looking to create a European rival to Elon Musk’s Starlink as well as other systems from Jeff Bezos (Kuiper), Canada’s Telesat (Lightspeed) and similar proposals from China and other satellite operators […]

June 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

Europe’s telcos call for big tech network cost contribution

Currently, tech giants do not contribute a fair share to the deployment of telecom networks, while generating network-related costs of tens of billion euros, notes telecoms trade body ETNO, who suggests this weakens Europe’s capacity to swiftly achieve connectivity targets. According to a report, Europe’s internet ecosystem: socio-economic benefits of a fairer balance between tech […]

May 3, 2022By Colin Mann

Media welcomes political unity on DMA

The media sector has welcomed the political agreement on the DMA proposal as a significant step towards curtailing the market dominance of gatekeeper platforms and restoring competition. A broad coalition from the European media sector, including public and commercial broadcasters, radios and the press, welcomes the provisional agreement reached last week on the Digital Markets […]

March 28, 2022

EU approves Allianz Intelsat control

Intelsat is in the process of exiting its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction. It has organised its post-bankruptcy financing and German financial services giant Allianz will be very much in control of Intelsat. The European Commission approved on January 24th the control of Intelsat Holdings SA by Allianz SE and has given the green light to […]

January 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

EC greenlights Discovery, WarnerMedia merger

The European Commission (EC) has granted unconditional antitrust clearance of Discovery’s proposed acquisition of AT&T’s WarnerMedia business. “Approval from the European Commission is a key milestone toward completing our proposed transaction with AT&T,” said David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery, and the future CEO of the combined company. “Today we move one […]

December 22, 2021

EC selects New Symphonie

New Symphonie, a newly established consortium made up of 22 European space companies, has won the European Commission call for tenders to develop New Space solutions for an innovative European broadband constellation. The consortium will leverage the new ideas, prevalent in the commercial space ecosystem, to develop secure and resilient global connectivity in response to […]

December 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

Free mobile roaming continues for EU travellers

The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States on the new Roaming Regulation. The new regulation will prolong until 2032 the existing system whereby citizens cannot be subject to extra charges for calls or data used while travelling within the EU and it will also bring […]

December 9, 2021By Colin Mann

FTTH Council Europe calls for fibre take-up boost

The European Commission recently published its Digital Economy and Society Index 2021 (DESI) which tracks the progress made in EU Member States in digital competitiveness in the areas of human capital, broadband connectivity, the integration of digital technologies by businesses and digital public services. First of all, the FTTH Council Europe welcomes that the 2021 […]

November 19, 2021By Colin Mann

European broadcasters welcome AV action plan

European broadcaster trade bodies have welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of its report on Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation. In so doing, they express their congratulations to MEP and rapporteur Dace Melbārde. The Report recognises the important role that the media and audiovisual sectors […]

October 20, 2021By Colin Mann

EU states face copyright rules action

Twenty-three EU countries, with the most prominent being France, Spain, Italy, risk being taken to court for delays in enacting EU copyright rules which seek to ensure a level playing field between the EU’s creative industries and online platforms, into national law. The European Commission has sent letters of formal notice, the first step of […]

July 27, 2021By Colin Mann