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'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tackling Barriers to Telecoms Infrastructure Deployment: Issues and Recommendations – Broadband Stakeholder Group

Tackling Barriers to Telecoms Infrastructure Deployment: Issues and Recommendations – Broadband Stakeholder Group: "The Broadband Stakeholder Group has today launched a report, commissioned from Analysys Mason that looks at the practical steps the UK can take to lower barriers to telecoms infrastructure deployment.

The deployment of telecoms networks is not always delivered as efficiently as possible, thus creating delays in getting businesses and households connected or benefiting from improvements to their broadband connection. In order to deploy networks, typically putting network cables underground, telecoms providers have to comply with a number of regulations governing the planning process (e.g. to be able to block, dig and reinstate roads). Deployment at a national or multi-regional scale could in more cases than not prove a challenge when planning legislation is interpreted in differing ways by local authorities." 'via Blog this'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Europe's Digital Progress Report 2017 country profiles - Telecom country reports

Europe's Digital Progress Report 2017 country profiles - Telecom country reports | Digital Single Market: "EDPR reports combine the quantitative evidence from (DESI) with country-specific policy insights, allowing us to keep track of the progress made in terms of digitalisation by each Member State and providing an important feedback loop for policy-making at EU level. The telecom country chapters reports on telecom market and regulatory developments in each Member State, looking at the respective competitive environment, the measures taken to facilitate network deployment, as well as consumer issues including roaming and net neutrality." 'via Blog this'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How Thatcher killed the UK's superfast broadband before it even existed | TechRadar

How Thatcher killed the UK's superfast broadband before it even existed | TechRadar: "But, in 1990, then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, decided that BT's rapid and extensive rollout of fibre optic broadband was anti-competitive and held a monopoly on a technology and service that no other telecom company could do.

"Unfortunately, the Thatcher government decided that it wanted the American cable companies providing the same service to increase competition. So the decision was made to close down the local loop roll out and in 1991 that roll out was stopped. The two factories that BT had built to build fibre related components were sold to Fujitsu and HP, the assets were stripped and the expertise was shipped out to South East Asia.

"Our colleagues in Korea and Japan, who were working with quite closely at the time, stood back and looked at what happened to us in amazement. What was pivotal was that they carried on with their respective fibre rollouts. And, well, the rest is history as they say.

 "What is quite astonishing is that a very similar thing happened in the United States. The US, UK and Japan were leading the world. In the US, a judge was appointed by Congress to break up AT&T. And so AT&T became things like BellSouth and at that point, political decisions were made that crippled the roll out of optical fibre across the rest of the western world, because the rest of the countries just followed like sheep." 'via Blog this'

EU telecom watchdog plan dead on arrival

EU telecom watchdog plan dead on arrival: "The Berec guidelines were hailed as closing perceived loopholes in EU legislation on the openness of the internet, which had worried digital activists.

 Berec consists, somewhat confusingly, of Berec - which does not have the status of agency - and the Berec Office - which is an EU agency, but the smallest of its kind.

Last September, the commission proposed that the two entities should be merged and given the status of an EU agency.

 The commission said Berec is receiving ever more tasks in the move towards a Digital Single Market in Europe.

"It seems appropriate and necessary to build on this experience by turning both together into a fully fledged agency," the proposal noted.

The EU executive also proposed that Berec's annual budget should be increased from around €4 million to some €14 million, and to increase its staff from 27 to 60.

 The commission's plan can only become law if it receives the support from the European Parliament, and the Council of the EU, but both institutions are reluctant." 'via Blog this'

Monday, February 06, 2017

Closing the Online Crime Attribution Gap: European law enforcement tackles Carrier-Grade NAT (CGN) | Europol

Closing the Online Crime Attribution Gap: European law enforcement tackles Carrier-Grade NAT (CGN) | Europol:

"CGN technologies are used by ISPs to share one single IP address among multiple subscribers at the same time. As the number of subscribers sharing a single IP has increased in recent years –in some cases several thousand – it has become technically impossible for ISPs to comply with legal orders to identify individual subscribers. In most EU countries, when served with a legal order, these providers have a legal obligation to provide subscriber information on a person suspected of involvement in criminal activities.

The impact of this technological development on police work is considerable. An increasing proportion of investigations into terrorism and serious crime rely on the ability to identify offenders via a capability that is now being seriously eroded.

 CGN technologies have been used by ISPs for a number of years as a solution to postpone the necessary financial investments to upgrade their networks to allow for the transition to the next generation of Internet Protocol Address version 6, or IPv6, which offers an unlimited pool of IP addresses. Due to the undeniable benefits of IPv6 over IPv4, this transition to IPv6 is called upon by the vast majority of internet engineering experts, governments, international organisations (including the UN and the EU), but also NGOs promoting a safe, open and secure internet." 'via Blog this'

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Competition Appeal Tribunal - BT v. Ofcom ex p. Sky pay-TV

Competition Appeal Tribunal - Judgment: "Judgment of the Tribunal on an appeal by British Telecommunications PLC (“BT”) challenging a decision by the Office of Communications (“OFCOM”) to remove the wholesale must-offer obligation (“WMO”) that it had imposed on Sky in 2010. That obligation required Sky to wholesale certain sports channels to other pay TV retailers with prices and terms set by OFCOM. "



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UK ISP TalkTalk Loses Fewer Broadband Users and Details York FTTP Plan - ISPreview UK

UK ISP TalkTalk Loses Fewer Broadband Users and Details York FTTP Plan - ISPreview UK: "it’s worth checking out the ISP's latest investor results presentation as this sheds some light on customer feedback and future plans. According to that, TalkTalk plans to invest £40m over 3 years to expand their capacity and “drive down our long term backhaul costs by £20m p.a.“.

 The same presentation notes how they plan an “extension of dark fibre capacity from core network to collector (edge) will drive costs down as bandwidth expands exponentially”" 'via Blog this'