INTUG Agrees with Kroes on “Europe Falling behind in Wireless”

Danielle Jacobs, INTUG Chairman said today “INTUG welcomes EC Vice President Neelie Kroes’s speech to the RSPG plenary in which she restated the importance of mobile and wireless communications to the European economy, acknowledging that Europe had fallen behind the rest of the world and was missing an opportunity.

Broadband Growth mainly in Wireless, says OECD

Demand from new wireless broadband subscribers is driving growth in high-speed Internet in OECD countries but the latest data show a slowdown in fixed subscriptions in the first half of 2011, according to new OECD data.

OECD: Wireless Broadband Subs Top Half a Billion

The fast-growing popularity of smartphones and tablets is driving growth in mobile broadband services. Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries had exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to new OECD statistics.

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.”

Kroes Urges EU Members to Take Measures on Mobile Satellite Services

European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has issued an urgent call to 21 EU countries to rapidly introduce all the legislative measures necessary to allow the pan-EU deployment of mobile satellite services that could be used for high speed internet, mobile television and radio or emergency communications.

Almost 300M Broadband Connections in OECD Area

The OECD has released new statistics on broadband penetration in OECD countries as of June 2010. These include the number of broadband subscribers per country, broadband subscriptions by technology, the percentage of fiber connections in total broadband and, for the first time, a wireless broadband penetration indicator.

EC: Move to Digital TV Makes Space for Wireless Broadband

As digital TV replaces analog TV in Europe over the next two to three years, four-fifths of the airwaves that used to carry the old TV signals will be freed up. This spectrum can then be used for wireless broadband access, advanced mobile applications, interactive TV and HDTV channels.