The European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified the scope of the EU telecommunications regulation for Over-the-top (OTT) services in two recent decisions. The court decided whether SkypeOut and Gmail are electronic communications services under the European Framework Directive.
[This is an updated version of my earlier blog piece from July to take account of revisions agreed through the legislative process since then. On 4th December the European Council concluded the legislative process for the new Code and the final text will be published in the EU Official Journal…
[This is an updated version of my earlier blog piece from July to take account of revisions agreed through the legislative process since then.]
This blog piece sets out an overview of the regulation of broadband networks in the UK, both now and in the future. As can be seen from the (very recent) dates on the various document referred-to, this is an area which is changing rapidly at the moment, and is a…
**NOTE – THERE IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS NOTE HERE **
The new European Communications Code (the “Code” – which we have blogged about here) will introduce a mechanism allowing investments in fibre networks made by operators with significant market power (SMP), in some circumstances, to be excluded…
**NOTE THERE IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST HERE**
It is now almost two years since the European Commission proposed a new “European Electronic Communications Code” (the “Code”) which would amend and consolidate the current regime (dating from 2002). [i]
On 29 June 2018 a new, amended, draft was published. This is expected to go to a final vote in the Autumn of this year.
The Code will, when finalised, repeal the existing 2002 Directives and replace them with a single, consolidated text, for implementation in Member States within two years. Having spent some time reading through the (c.450) pages the main changes or issues appear to be as follows:
Article by Catherine Gysels, DLA Piper Brussels
According to Belgian criminal law, providers of telecommunication services are obliged to cooperate if an investigating judge orders a wiretap measure. In November 2017, Skype was found guilty of failing to give essential information and provide a wiretap on Skype calls as…
Just a quick note to draw attention to a decision by BIPT, the regulator in Belgium here
Lycamobile has been fined €30,000 for violation of the “roam like at home” requirements of the roaming regulation (contained in the 2012 regulation as amended in 2015). It appears that they were offering…
This note consolidates information we have available on the current (July 2017) status of telecoms regulator’s considerations of zero-rated offers in Europe. See also our other posts on zero-rating.
- Many European regulators are yet to consider the issue of net neutrality and zero-rated services following the 2015
By Peter Elliott and Mike Conradi, DLA Piper
By many accounts, the UK’s framework for regulating communications services is amongst the world’s most dynamic and successful. Leaving in its wake a telecommunications licensing regime, in 2003 the UK Government influenced and then implemented new EU Directives which took a different…