Category: Broadband – Banda larga

The impact of Trump’s net neutrality reform in the EU

  On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality in US (i.e. the Open Internet Order introduced by FFC under the Obama’s mandate). While the consequences of this change may be more or less dramatic…

What the end of Renzi government means for the Italian digital and ultra-broadband sector

The resignation of Matteo Renzi following the defeat at the Constitutional Referendum of December 4th, 2016, creates the question as how Italy will ever fill the gap with other developed nations in the matter of digital services and ultra-broadband networks. Whether you like him…

Studies say that (actual) broadband download speeds in Europe are considerably higher than in US

The European Commission published 3 studies in the area of broadband performance revealing very interesting data about how different degrees of competition may influence this market. The data comparison between EU and US is remarkable. The study concerned Broadband Speeds, Broadband Prices and Broadband Coverage….

The European Commission stops easy consolidation in the telecom markets

The European Commission has started a Phase II investigation regarding an envisaged concentration in the Spanish telecommunications market, regarding the acquisition of Jazztel (a pure fixed operator) by Orange (a Spanish subsidiary of the French incumbent delivering both fixed and mobile services). The decision…

Broadband rural development: the “déjà vu” from the European Commission

While people are still speculating about what will be the approach of the new European Commission to boost investments in broadband, Mr. Oettinger – the (German) commissioner for the Digital Agenda – launched a provocative proposal via his blog: in order to boost investments…

Telecoms investments in the EU: the controversial data of the European Commission

The European Commission published a Report on the telecommunications market in the EU, providing both economic and regulatory information with regard to the each Member States as well as to the EU in its entirety. The report show strong discrepancies within the EU, especially with regard…

Broadband deployment in Europe: better than expected

Many have worried that the European Union is falling catastrophically behind a number of competitors (including Japan, South Korea, and the United States) in terms of deployment and adoption of broadband and high-speed access infrastructures. In July 2012 this assumption has lead in the…

Berec shakes the Commission again and rules in favour of cheaper prices for telecoms

Berec, the European agency grouping the national telecom regulators, has rejected the serious doubts expressed by the European Commission vis-à-vis the decision of Italian regulator AGCOM to decrease the price of access to the copper network (ULL and bistream) of the incumbent Telecom Italia….

European Commission, Berec and broadband: behind the happy family picture

Berec, the European agency of communications regulators, today announced its intention to delay the adoption of an opinion on the proposal of Commissioner Kroes to strongly reform European network access regulation (via a well-known proposal of recommmendation). After 2 days of Conclave in Slovenia,…

European consumers are concerned about Kroes’ plans on broadband

Today  (January 10, 2013) the European Consumers organization BEUC sent a letter to Neelie Kroes warning the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda about the potential negative impact of her proposed reform on the broadband market. BEUC refers to the draft Recommendation on non-discrimination…

The divergences between Almunia and Kroes on broadband competition

The views of Kroes and Almunia about competition are diverging more and more. While Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda (and for remonopolization, according to many) is clearly sacrificing competition in exchange for the (eventual) investments by incumbents in NGA networks, Almunia…

Kroes: l’ho fatto perchè me lo hanno chiesto gli investitori

Il commissario di DG Connect alla conferenza ECTA spiega la sua ricetta per le fibre (intanto Telecom Italia pensa di spendere fino a 7 miliardi in rete fissa, però in Brasile). L’intervento di oggi di Neelie Kroes, il commissario europeo per la Digital Agenda, è…