Daily Issue - 11 December 2012
- PRESS RELEASE
- Commission suspends Czech proposal to regulate wholesale termination rates
(10 December 2012)
The European Commission has expressed serious doubts about a new proposal from the Czech telecoms regulator (ČTÚ) regarding termination rates which would negatively affect consumers in the Czech Republic. The prices proposed by ČTÚ for certain termination services are twice as high as prices in other countries where proper price setting methodologies are applied. ČTÚ has imposed wholesale prices which do not take into consideration next-generation-network based efficient technologies. Termination rates are the rates telecoms networks charge each other to deliver calls between networks, and each operator has market power over access to customers on its own network. These costs are ultimately included in call prices paid by consumers and businesses.
- PRESS RELEASE
- European Commission raises serious doubts over contradictory Polish proposal on broadband market
(11 December 2012)
The European Commission has expressed serious doubts over plans by the Polish telecoms regulator UKE to deregulate part of the Polish wholesale broadband access market. UKE's proposal is based on an out-dated market assessment from March 2011. Moreover, the proposal contradicts a more recent market analysis dating from March 2012 where UKE concluded that no single area was competitive enough in Poland to propose complete deregulation. The Commission has therefore suspended UKE's plans and started a two month in-depth investigation.
- EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
- ICT 2013: Create, Connect, Grow
6 November 2013 - 8 November 2013 Vilnius
ICT2013 will bring together Europe's best & brightest in ICT research, with businesses old & new, web start-ups and digital strategists to chart a path for Europe's ICT research policy. Join us to share your vision for the future with EU policy-makers, and see the latest advances in EU-funded ICT research.
- Putting accessibility at the heart of e-government
30 November 2012
A new user-centric web-based platform, developed by EU-funded researchers, promises to bring down the barriers to accessing e-government services.