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
Fostering a consistent approach of the net neutrality principles is one of the strategic priorities of BEREC. To ensure this goal, BEREC opened a tender for developing a “net neutrality measurement tool”. The development consists of three elements: an open source software, a reference system and a BEREC portal.