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EC to make social and streamer giants pay for networks?

The European Commission is to launch a consultation early in 2023 on whether tech giants should bear some of the costs of Europe’s telecoms networks, according to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. Europe’s telecoms operators have lobbied for a financial contribution from firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, contending that they make […]

September 12, 2022By Colin Mann

Call for live content piracy legislative action

Prominent MEPs, leaders of the media sector, anti-Piracy experts, legal experts and representatives of sports rights owners and live performances in Europe, have urged the European Commission to ensure its 2023 work programme would include a legislative proposal to address piracy of live content. This confirms and adds support to this much needed instrument already […]

September 8, 2022By Colin Mann

EC ignoring existing LEO constellations

The European Commission (EC), along with the European Space Agency (ESA), continues to firmly back the establishment of an independent and European-backed low Earth orbiting (LEO) broadband constellation. However, there’s criticism that the proposed €6 billion scheme is unnecessary and that there are plenty of commercial schemes more than capable of filling consumer demand. The […]

July 14, 2022

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