EC to harmonise radio frequencies for development of 5G

At the European level, on 24 January 2019 the European Commission announced the adoption of an amendment to Decision 2008/411/EC that will harmonise the radio spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz. As the 3.6 GHz band has been identified as the primary band for 5G in the EU, the amendment has updated the technical conditions of … Read more

Digital TMT and Sourcing Predictions 2019

  2018 was a landmark year for digital TMT and sourcing. Against the backdrop of the UK’s impending departure from the EU, there were a wealth of highlights as regulation moved further towards greater harmonisation at the European level; the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) came into effect on 25 May 2018 and implemented … Read more

Reform of Telecommunications Framework

In May 2015, as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission published proposals to reform the EU telecommunications regulatory framework. Following a series of consultations in 2015, the Commission published further proposals to reform the EU legislation in September 2016, with the aim of improving internet connectivity across the EU. The proposals … Read more

End of retail roaming charges in the EU

15 June 2017 marked the end of retail roaming charges across the EEA. The European Commission’s 2015 regulation on roaming and net neutrality (the “Roaming Regulation“) set out a new retail pricing regime for regulating roaming services with the objective of ending retail roaming charges by that date – this now allows users to use … Read more

Council of the EU publishes Progress Report on draft EU ePrivacy Regulation

Last month the Council of the European Union published its progress report on the first draft of the ePrivacy Regulation (the “Draft Regulation”). The Draft Regulation was issued by the EC in January of this year and focuses on the processing of personal data and protection of privacy in electronic communications. Read more

Commission, Parliament and Council agreement on wholesale roaming charges

On 1 February 2017, the European Commission announced that the Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU have reached an informal agreement on proposed rules setting out maximum wholesale roaming charges on telecommunications operators – to protect those operators in the run up to abolishing retail roaming charges later this year. Read more