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Study: ‘No change in European UHF spectrum allocation’

A study published by the European Commission supports the EBU position that there should not be any change in the way that UHF spectrum is allocated in Europe. The study makes clear that both DTT and wireless audio equipment for programme making and special events (PMSE) will continue to require the sub-700 MHz spectrum currently […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann

EC OKs in-flight 5G

Airlines will be able to provide the latest 5G technology on their planes, alongside previous mobile technology generations following the European Commission’s updating of the implementing decision on spectrum for mobile communications on-board aircrafts, designating certain frequencies for in-flight 5G technology. Passengers aboard flights in the EU will be able to use their mobile phones […]

November 25, 2022By Colin Mann

EU on verge of deciding LEO broadband system

A ministerial meeting in Brussels scheduled for November 17th with EU official and lawmakers could reach a decision on Europe’s plans for an independent satellite broadband and GPS system. The intention is for Europe to have its own low Earth orbiting satellite broadband and sat-nav system which would provide back-up in emergency situations as well […]

November 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

EC to probe Microsoft/Activision Blizzard deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition in the markets for the distribution of console and PC video games and for PC operating systems. The deal is already […]

November 10, 2022By Colin Mann

Study: Effects of EU Data Act on telco sector

As European legislators make progress on the landmark EU Data Act, a study commissioned by ETNO and authored by LE Europe brings a fresh perspective on the impact of the draft regulation on European telecom operators and their business models. The study mentions European Commission figures underlining that the Data Act can unlock a series of major […]

October 26, 2022

Content bodies call out missed opportunity

Despite a clear and unambiguous call from 112 organisations from across the full breadth of the EU’s cultural, creative and sports sectors, and from 107 Members of the European Parliament, the Commission has not included a legislative initiative to tackle live content piracy in its Work Programme for 2023. A Statement from the Live Content […]

October 19, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: Market dynamics impeding European 5G progress

Mobile technologies and services contributed €757 billion to European GDP in 2021, but Europe’s ambitious Digital Decade goals remain threatened by slower 5G rollout compared to competitor markets, according to the findings of a report by mobile industry trade body the GSMA. The 2022 Mobile Economy Report Europe shows that at the end of June […]

October 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Vodafone warns of smart city target risk

Urgent policy measures including adequate funding, the creation of smart city task forces and the availability of high-quality connectivity will be required to overcome barriers and ensure the European Commission achieves its ambitious mission of 100 carbon-neutral and smart cities by 2030, a new Vodafone report reveals. A comprehensive study, Fit for the Future Cities: […]

September 22, 2022

EC: Device makers should be responsible for cyber security

The European Commission (EC) has opened consultations for a new Cyber Resilience Act aimed at upping the security of internet-connected devices. It proposes manufacturers be responsible for the security of their products throughout their lifecycle. “Just as we can trust a toy or a fridge with a CE marking, the Cyber Resilience Act will ensure […]

September 15, 2022

Google sued for €25bn in Europe

Google is to face damages claims for up to €25 billion over its digital advertising practices in two suits soon to be filed in British and Dutch courts on behalf of publishers. The suits will allege anti-competitive damages against Google’s adtech, which has also drawn scrutiny from antitrust regulators. The French competition watchdog imposed a […]

September 13, 2022