INTUG Sends Open Letter to European Commission

Last week INTUG sent an open letter to EC Vice President Kroes, the EU Mission in Washington DC and the US Trade Representative, regarding disparities between regulations for non-discriminatory access to communications services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Allen & Overy Compares Cyber Security Strategies on Both Sides of Atlantic

In February the European Commission launched a cyber security strategy for the EU aimed at increasing capabilities and preparedness towards security incidents such as hacking or technical failures. Hard on the heels of the EU’s efforts to promote a culture of security risk management, US president Obama’s administration introduced an Executive Order on Improving Critical […]

4G Accounts for 20% of European, 13% of North American Broadband

According to a report (PDF) from Berg Insight, HSPA/LTE accounted for more than 20 percent of the total number of broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2010, compared to 13 percent in North America.

Mobile Data Rates Lowest in Japan, Highest in US

U.S. mobile users pay more than USD40 a month for 2GB of data while Japanese mobile users pay just over USD10 for the same plan (4G LTE speeds – Verizon for the U.S.), according to an infographic by the blog Android Tablet Fanatic.

AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Threatens Mobile Competition, Affordability of Roaming, Innovation in New Apps

INTUG OPINION It is essential that business visitors to the US have access to effective and affordable international data roaming services based on HSPA technology as well as emerging LTE technology, according to INTUG, which submitted its response to the FCC on the AT&T and T-Mobile merger today.

Regulation Should Force Operators to Cut Data Roaming Rates, OECD

Regulators and policy makers should boost competition among mobile telephone operators to cut the high prices being charged for international data roaming, according to a new OECD report.

US Lags Behind in Broadband Speeds, FCC Report

The International Bureau of the FCC released its second International Broadband Data Report (PDF) presenting comparative data on international broadband capability. The report presents, for the first time, econometric analyses of how population size, population density, income, and education affect broadband adoption at a sub-national or “community” level.

FCC Forces Data Roaming on Wireless Operators

The US Federal Communications Commission yesterday required providers of mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to their competitors on “commercially reasonable terms and conditions.”

US And Europe Agree on Info Trade And ICT Principles

Under the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) the EC and the US Government have agreed on ten fundamental principles (PDF) for trade in information and ICT services.

Hard Times for Telecoms Taxes

The European Commission this week referred France and Spain to the EU’s Court of Justice because they impose specific charges on the turnover of telecoms operators. The Commission also sent a request for information to Hungary over a new tax imposed on operators. And in the US, politicians called for a 5-year ban on raising […]