Monthly Archives: July 2013

Nepal Telecom to roll out fibre to 13 new districts

State owned PTO Nepal Telecom (NT) plans to roll out fibre-optic links in an additional 13 district headquarters and their major business hubs across the country in its current financial year. The move comes on top of the deployment of fibre backbone links – seen as the best option for supporting voice and broadband data […]

Korea watchdog slaps record fine on telcos

Korea watchdog slaps record fine on telcos South Korea’s mobile operators have been slapped with another fine after all three were again found to be offering excessive subsidies. The Korea Times reported on Thursday that the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has imposed a record 66.96 billion won ($59 million) fine that will be divided between […]

U.S. FCC moves to reform E-Rate subsidy for Internet at schools

U.S. Federal Communications Commission moved on Friday to revamp a subsidy program aimed at bringing faster Internet to schools and libraries, after President Barack Obama’s plea for a swifter transition to the digital era. The FCC voted to propose various changes to how schools apply for and spend funds from the E-Rate program; for instance ensuring […]

Europe – ECTA ‘Single Market for Telecoms’ Conference

The creation of a pan-European market for telecom services appears to be at the forefront of the European Commission’s vision for the sector. But what does a single market mean? What would it look like? Would it create a truly borderless market? Would it lead to sector consolidation and if so would it be national […]

Europe – Open standards would save public sector €1 billion a year

The Commission today releases a new policy to help public authorities avoid dependence on a single ICT supplier. Following the recommendations in this new “against lock-in” approach could save the EU’s public sector more than €1.1 billion a year. For example, open tendering procedures can attract increased numbers of bidders with better value bids (doubling […]

Europe – European consumers are not getting broadband download speeds they are paying for

On average, they receive only 74% of the advertised headline speed they have paid for, according to a new European Commission study on fixed broadband performance. Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes says: “This is the first time the difference between advertised and actual broadband speeds is confirmed by comparable and reliable data from all EU […]

Europe – Commission asks German telecoms regulator to lower mobile call rates

The European Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator (BNetzA) to amend or withdraw its plans which would result in German mobile termination rates (MTRs) more than 80% higher than in most other Member States. Termination rates are the rates telecoms networks charge each other to deliver calls between networks, and each operator has market […]

Europe – New lower price caps for mobile roaming from 1 July

From 1 July 2013, the European Union’s Roaming Regulation will lower the price caps for data downloads by 36%, making it much cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling across the EU. See more with Press Release :

UK’s super-connected city programme scaled back

According to TeleGeography, a scheme in which the UK government planned to spend GBP150 million on broadband infrastructure to create 22 ‘super-connected cities’ has been scaled back following legal challenges. Read more:

Canada – CRTC approves BCE’s bid to acquire Astral’s television and radio services

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to sell its pay and specialty television channels, conventional television stations and radio stations to BCE Inc. The CRTC’s approval comes with a number of conditions that are necessary to uphold the public interest. The application filed in agreement with the Competition Bureau included a proposal […]