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Telecom: focus on roaming and net neutrality

Much ado was made of the announcement that consumers could benefit from new roaming rules this summer: since 15 June 2017 consumers and business users can use their mobile phones throughout the European Union as part of their phone plan, without any extra charges. This major development has made it even simpler for consumers to spread the use of these services also…

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5G to account for a 30% of Europe’s mobile market by 2025, GSMA

More than 30 per cent of Europe’s mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025, according to a new GSMA study. The 2017 Europe edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy series, published today at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe event in Brussels, forecasts that there will be 214 million 5G connections in Europe by 2025, establishing…

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Which countries uses the most mobile data?

Access to mobile broadband Internet in OECD countries continues to expand and will soon reach 100% of its population according to the latest OECD report on the outlook for the digital economy. Smartphones have contributed significantly to the development of mobile Internet, although operators limit the amount of data available. The French therefore adapt their mobile data consumption, which amounts…

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Entire 3 Group launches ‘3LikeHome’ cheap roaming in Thailand

The 3 Group with mobile network services in Denmark and Sweden as well as Austria, Italy, Ireland, and the UK is now offering its cheap “3LikeHome” roaming service when visiting Thailand. It means 3 customers can use their phones in Thailand just like at home in Europe. This expands the number of countries under 3LikeHome to 53. No need to…

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Broadband coverage report for Europe

The Broadband Coverage in Europe study is designed to monitor the progress of EU Member States towards their specific broadband coverage objectives, i.e. ‘Universal Broadband Coverage with speeds at least 30 Mbps by 2020’ and ‘Broadband Coverage of 50% of households with speeds at least 100 Mbps by 2020’ Report covers 31 countries across Europe – the EU28, plus Norway,…

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New SIP gateway makes IP trunking possible in Europe

The telecommunications infrastructure at many companies has grown organically over the years. As a result, every branch office, whether domestically or abroad, has its own PABX and its own phone lines. This causes an immense administrative effort for the ITdepartment, because companies have to order, install, maintain, and manage every local line. That costs time and money. With Corporate SIP International,…

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Internet of Humans – How we would like the internet of the future to be

Bruno Kessler Lecture by Roberto Viola, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology at the European Commission. Check against delivery I am very honoured to be the 2017 Bruno Kessler lecturer and I am also humbled to be following previous talks held in former years by world famous international scholars like Jared Diamond, Marcus du Sautoy, and Heiner Bielefeldt. I…

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MPs call for end to international call charges in EU

Dutch political party D66 has called for the EU to scrap extra costs for making international calls within the EU. While consumers no longer pay surcharges for mobile roaming in the EU since 15 June, they still pay more to call other EU countries from home. D66 MP Jan Paternotte told Nu.nl that the Dutch government should take a stand…

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