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FIA Athens 2014 - Submit your working session proposals by 25 October 2013!

<p> The <a href="">11th Future Internet Assembly (FIA) edition</a>, FIA Athens 2014, will be a three-day EU Greek Presidency event, supported jointly with the European Commission. It will take place during 18 to 20 March in Athens and will focus on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.</p> <p> FIA Athens 2014 will be the first FIA under Horizon 2020, allowing presenting a wider picture of Net Futures EU research activities. The programme is under preparation and the FIA Steering Committee has launched an open call to select up to nine forward-looking and inspiring working sessions. Submit your working session proposal by 25 October 2013!</p>

Future Network and MobileSummit 2013 - Call for Papers

FuNeMS2013, the 22nd Future Network and MobileSummit, will address the challenges of building the Future Internet Infrastructures, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications technologies, in the context of convergence and innovation. Scientific Papers are invited for online submission until 8 February 2013. The Call for Exhibitors will open in mid January with a deadline of 05 April 2013.

Future Internet Assembly Dublin 2013

The event will focus on how European Future Internet research and innovation will support EU’s competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies at the eve of Horizon 2020.

Study on Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) authorisations, authorisation regimes and enforcement in EU Member States - Ex ante publication

The purpose of the study is to collect comprehensive and systemized information on (a) the MSS (satellite component) and CGC authorisation regimes put in place by the Member States, (b) the actual MSS and CGC authorisations issued to the selected operators by the relevant authorities of the Member States and (c) national enforcement rules applicable to the MSS and CGC authorisations, including specific remedies, in case the selected operators failed to comply with any conditions attached to their authorisations as required by laws of the respective Member States.

EU-Japan Workshop on R&D Co-operation in the field of Networked Technologies & Systems

The first phase of the EU-Japan collaborative research projects with co-funding schemes between the European Commission and MIC/NICT from Japan has been initiated in the area of network technologies and systems. A workshop will take place on 18th April 2013 in Brussels, with the purpose to identify future collaborative research items and a set of common objectives to set up a partnership under the EU and Japan R&D strategies.

Net-Tech Future Magazine

Net-Tech Future Magazine is all about technologies that put ultrafast Internet connectivity at your fingertips. It sheds light on how communications technologies are shaping the future networks landscape, from developments in ultrafast broadband Internet to clever mobile networks, from network infrastructure and architecture to green technologies. With each EU-funded project showcase, it gives a glimpse not only of the ‘what’ but a little of the ‘how’ and ‘why’, and even ‘what next’ so you can see how these developments can make a difference to you, your organisation and your community.

Study "Future electronic communications markets subject to ex-ante regulation (Recommendation on relevant markets)" (SMART 2012/0007)

The study aims at assisting the Commission with the review of the recommendation on relevant markets, and will consist of: (i) an assessment of whether the boundaries of the relevant markets have to be adjusted, whether all the markets in the current recommendation (whether or not with adjusted boundaries) still warrant ex ante regulation or regulation should be withdrawn and whether any new markets (including trans-national ones) can be identified; and (ii) an assessment of the impact of altering the list of relevant markets.

Telecoms services improving, but regulatory divergences should be addressed to support further innovation

High speed internet is a lifeline for economic recovery which provides new opportunities to enjoy and create web content, to innovate or to buy, sell and carry out business online The telecoms sector has a key role to play in the race towards a digital EU society, where growth and jobs can be delivered by better and faster on-line activities. The report on the progress of the sector released today as part of the Digital Agenda Scoreboard shows how citizens are enjoying greater choice of services and better prices, as a result of competitive developments. It also shows that operators are faced with new realities as users' appetite for data, in particular mobile data, keeps growing. The report also identifies a number of areas where more co-ordinated implementation of the telecoms rules is required to support the roll-out of high speed internet.

Commission asks Court of Justice to fine five Member States for missing telecom rules implementation deadline

The European Commission has decided to refer five Member States - Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Slovenia - to the EU Court of Justice because they have still not implemented the revised EU telecoms rules into their national laws. The official deadline for doing so was 25 May 2011. The Commission has also suggested the Court impose a daily penalty payment on each Member State which would be paid as from the date of the Court's ruling until full transposition of the rules into national law is notified. The other 22 countries which have implemented EU telecoms rules guarantee more competitive markets for consumers and businesses and give EU customers new rights, such as switching their phone operator in one day without changing the number or being informed without delay when their personal data is stolen online.

Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim at ensuring proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Commission has taken today 147 decisions, including 27 reasoned opinions and 11 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

ETNO-Total Telecom Regulatory Summit 2012

How should the EU Regulatory approach evolve to better reflect changing market realities? How can regulatory approaches be more conducive to high speed network investment? How can new services like Connected TV encourage demand and hence improve the business case for investment? These topics will be at the top of the agenda of this one day event that will bring together regulators, policy makers, senior industry executives, investors and academics.

Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) - Preparations for WCIT-12

The International Rules for Telecommunications (ITRs) are to be revised at the next World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) due to be held in Dubai in December. This will be an opportunity to adapt the ITRs to better reflect today’s telecoms market and the innovation that has occurred since 1988, when the rules were last negotiated. The workshop is organised by the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Keynote speakers will come from the ITU, the Internet Society (ISOC), the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the American Embassy in Brussels.

€110bn jackpot on offer for completing e-Communications Single Market

The answers to Europe's search for new economic growth may be closer to home than expected. The European Commission today released a study showing that, if the internal market for electronic communications were completed, the EU gross domestic product (GDP) could grow by up to 110 billion euros a year, or more than 0.8% of GDP. e-Communications is a critical part of overall efforts to build a digital Single Market. This "digital bonus" for EU growth would result from more competition, increased economies of scale for telecom operators, and the chance for every European to access all online content and services throughout the EU, such as music, movies and video games. For example, new and more efficient economic activity could arise from the ability to subscribe to TV from your home country when living abroad, the possibility of receiving healthcare monitoring from your local physician while on holiday, or a business using a single Cloud computing provider for offices in many EU countries.

Study on MSS Authorisation Regimes and Authorisations in the EU Member States, SMART Nº 2011/0015, by Gerald Oberst, Hogan Lovells International LLP

The aim of this project is to gather information systemically and present a complete picture of regulations that apply in all 27 Member States, following adoption of Decision 626/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on selection and authorisation of MSS systems; Decision 2009/49/EC on the selection of MSS operators; and in particular Decision 2011/667/EU on modalities for coordinated application of the rules on enforcement with regard to MSS. The project makes an inventory of the regulatory state of play for MSS/CGC authorisations across the EU in order to evaluate the progress in the implementation, at national level, of the MSS initiative achieved in two years following the Commission Selection Decision.

Commission welcomes step forward for wireless broadband with adoption of Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

Radio spectrum supports 3.5 million jobs and more than €250 billion of economic activity each year in Europe, including incredibly popular services such as wireless broadband. The Commission therefore welcomes the European Parliament's adoption of the five-year Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) which will allow sufficient spectrum to be made available for wireless applications and services such as high speed 4th generation (4G) wireless broadband. The RSPP also supports entertainment/culture (mobile TV or wireless electronic books), transport systems, health (such as medical appliances and devices to assist disabled persons), research, civil protection, the environment and energy (including smart energy grids and smart metering systems), without affecting the requirements of other policies such as defence.

Public consultation on the accessibility of goods and services in the European market - deadline is 29 February

The Commission is reflecting on the development of a European Accessibility Act containing measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the European market. This consultation is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the assessment of the impact of the measures. The consultation – itself fully accessible –is aimed at gathering views from businesses, people with disabilities and the general public and will remain open until 29 February 2012.