Saturday, October 14, 2017

Commissioner King's keynote address at the European Cybersecurity Forum, Krakow | European Commission

Commissioner King's keynote address at the European Cybersecurity Forum, Krakow | European Commission: "To further reinforce these efforts, the new Cyber Security Agency will also implement an EU Standards and Certification Framework to drive up the level of cyber security by ensuring products on the market are sufficiently cyber-resilient.

“Security by design” means devices developed to the highest standards, and kept up to date as new threats emerge, with a ‘duty of care’ on producers.

We need to move to a world in which there are no default passwords on connected devices, one where all companies providing internet services and devices adhere to a vulnerability disclosure policy, and one where connected devices and software are updatable for their entire lifespan." 'via Blog this'

Italy regulator explores forced Telecom Italia network split: sources

Italy regulator explores forced Telecom Italia network split: sources: "Politicians and rival phone companies have long called for TIM to separate its network, but pressure has increased since Rome took issue with the growing influence of French media group Vivendi (VIV.PA), which is its top investor with a 24 percent stake and recently appointed two of TIM’s top managers.

 One option that could be explored to make the new company more independent from TIM would be to put representatives from the regulator, known by its acronym AGCOM, on its board, one of the sources said.

If it went ahead with the plan, AGCOM would follow the example of British counterpart Ofcom, which forced BT (BT.L) to separate its network unit Openreach. The deal was finalised in March after a two-year regulatory battle." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rising Tide: Content Providers' Investment in Submarine Cables Continues

Rising Tide: Content Providers' Investment in Submarine Cables Continues: "Several years ago, the network requirements of content providers were not particularly notable. However, the amount of capacity deployed by private network operators, largely content providers, has outpaced that of Internet backbone operators in recent years. The rise of private network demand is not spread evenly around the globe, however. These companies focus their network planning on linking their data centers and major interconnection points. Thus, outside of major routes, the role of content providers is not as pronounced. The figure below shows how the share of private networks capacity varies across major submarine cable routes." 'via Blog this'

Monday, October 09, 2017

BT Update - UK Progress of, FTTP Broadband, 21CN and Qube Engineers - ISPreview UK

BT Update - UK Progress of, FTTP Broadband, 21CN and Qube Engineers - ISPreview UK: "Openreach are still consulting on the possibility of doing 10 million premises by around 2025 and the latest update didn’t expand on that, except to say that a “major investment option” was being considered that could potentially involve building for the “next 20-50 years” (possibly all of the UK on FTTP? Maybe one day).

Meanwhile there was a small update on the new 330Mbps capable hybrid-fibre broadband roll-out, which has recently begun an expansion of its pilot to 1 million premises by the end of 2017 and followed by the goal of hitting 10 million by 2020 (here). On current progress, BTWholesale said they expect to cover 1.1 million premises by the end of March 2018." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

ECTA - After European Parliament vote, challenges remain to make Code fully pro-competitive

ECTA - After European Parliament vote, challenges remain to make Code fully pro-competitive: "Estonian Presidency proposal of 22 September 2017 embodies significant risk for future competition by allowing the benefits of a fully-fledged toolbox to be wiped out and operators with significant market power (SMP) to be granted regulatory holidays under the cover of the co-investment banner.

 Without decisive action in the course of interinstitutional negotiations, the Code risks sacrificing a functioning SMP regime – the core of sectoral regulation that has created benefits for end-users in the EU by promoting competition – for promises of co-investment. To make co-investment a competitively sustainable reality, ECTA considers that the upcoming negotiations urgently need to address the issue of co-ownership, while ensuring access to non-participating operators on terms that enable them to compete effectively." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Overview - Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

Overview - Telecommunications Industry Dialogue: "This section of our Web site brings together information published by Vodafone Group in June of 2014 and February of 2015 and by Telenor Group in May of 2015 with new material that the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue published in June of 2015.  In addition to the aforementioned company reports covering the pertinent legal frameworks in 39 countries, the Industry Dialogue is publishing reports on five countries – Colombia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Russia – that represent the diversity of its member companies’ global footprint.   Over time, the Industry Dialogue and its participating companies aim to expand on this resource.  Recently, TeliaSonera has done so by publishing a list of the most relevant laws on signals intelligence and real-time access to communications in 13 markets in which the company has majority-owned operations.

 The information contained in this section seeks to highlight some of the most important legal powers available to government authorities seeking to access communications data or to restrict the content of communications in 44 different countries.   These powers are divided into the following six categories: 1) provision of real-time, lawful interception assistance, 2) disclosure of communications data, 3) national security and emergency powers, 4) censorship-related powers, 5) oversight of the use of these powers, and for certain countries, 6) publication of laws and aggregate data relating to lawful intercept and communications data requests." 'via Blog this'

Monday, June 26, 2017

UPDATE Ofcom to Deregulate More of the UK Wholesale Broadband Market - ISPreview UK

UPDATE Ofcom to Deregulate More of the UK Wholesale Broadband Market - ISPreview UK: "The change in definition means that BT is still considered to have Significant Market Power (SMP), albeit only in around 2% of UK premises where their Openreach network has no competition or competition from only one other primary network operator (Market A).

 Ofcom states that “the level of investment required by a third party to replicate BT’s broadband access network in Market A is a significant barrier to entry” and “an obligation requiring BT to provide WBA network access to third parties on reasonable request is necessary in our view to protect effective competition in retail broadband services” (limited to certain services – see below).

In keeping with that, Ofcom has proposed to update their regulation as follows." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Is the EU Roaming-free dream crumbling? New Europe

Is the EU Roaming-free dream crumbling?: "service providers were allowed an “out” to providing roaming without charge to their countries in Article 6 of the 2015 EU Regulation that created Roam Like at Home. Under this article service providers may submit an application to apply a surcharge if they are able to substantiate that they are not able to recover their “actual or projected costs” of providing roaming services. If their application is approved, service providers can then apply surcharges to recoup the costs of providing roaming services." 'via Blog this'