“Europe on the way to the Gigabit Society” was the topic at this year’s Telekom-Forum in Salzburg, Austria. Among the speakers were BEREC Chair Johannes Gungl and Director-General of DG Connect Roberto Viola.
Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology, software and services company Nokia today signed a €500 million loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan. Nokia will use the loan to further accelerate its research and development of 5G technology, the next-generation mobile telecommunication standard.
Following last week’s successful launch of four new Galileo satellites from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, representatives of leading industry that have adopted Galileo held a special press briefing for journalists from across the Continent.
On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed a new European electronic communications code which would overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications dating from 2009. It includes measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks, new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules. Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on the Code on 6 June 2018. Important provisions include capping the fees for intra-EU calls and new rules to stimulate investment in infrastructure and 5G networks. Furthermore the agreement offers better protection of users against security incidents, more transparency and easier switching of operators for consumers, widening of universal access, and a new SMS alert system for citizens. The ITRE committee plans to vote on the Code on 10 July 2018, and the plenary vote is expected to take place in autumn 2018