Ofcom launches Competition Act investigation in electronic communication sector

On 7 June 2019, Ofcom launched a Competition Act investigation regarding providers of equipment and related services in the electronic communications sector in the UK. Ofcom’s website states that it is looking to establish “whether competitors in the provision of equipment and related services in the electronic communications sector in the UK have infringed competition…

Skype declared to be a “telecoms operator” in EU court case

In a decision handed down by the European Court of Justice on Wednesday 5 June, Microsoft’s Skype Service was declared to be a “telecoms operator” and therefore subject to EU telecoms regulations. In C-142/18 Skype Communications Sarl v IBPT, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) sided with the Belgian communications regulator, the Belgian Institute of…

Brussels Introduces Capped Costs for International Calls and SMS Within the EU

You may have received a text message or email yesterday from your mobile operator, notifying you of new EU regulations which cap the cost of roaming fees within Europe. From 15 May, the cost for phone calls via landline and mobile phone or SMS made from one of European Union member states to another are to…

Draft of the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 published

A draft of the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were published (having been laid before Parliament) on 5 February 2019. Accompanying the draft legislation was an explanatory memorandum provided by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. These updated regulations aim to ensure that adequate legislation continues to operate effectively after the…

European Parliament approves European Electronic Communications Code

Final approval has been given to the European Electronic Communications Code (“EECC“) by the European Parliament. The EECC is a proposed EU Directive which aims to update and consolidate telecoms regulation under EU law, and is designed to support the rollout of full fibre networks, and 5G. It also increases consumer protection by extending rules to…

Technopoly: Reform, Redress, and Regulation

Preiskel & Co Partner, Tim Cowen, has co-authored a report with Phillip Blond, published with the support of the Big Innovation Centre, and ResPublica, entitled “Technopoly” and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation. A fascinating read, the paper takes an overview of the current competition framework, and makes important suggestions for reform.…

Tim Cowen to speak at Digital Policy Alliance event on “Barriers To Making Cities Smart”

Partner Tim Cowen is pleased to be speaking at the upcoming Smart Society Working Group on 5 June 2018. The event is hosted by the Digital Policy Alliance in connection with the Intelligent Community Forum 2018 Global Summit. Tim will discuss “The Barriers to making a City Smart” and will address various government and industry barriers which stand…

Daniel Preiskel Explains Ofcom’s Statement on Mobile Call Termination for LexisNexis

Daniel Preiskel, senior partner of Preiskel & Co, has been interviewed by LexisNexis for his views on Ofcom’s Final Statement on mobile call termination (MCT) market review 2018-21. In the interview published by LexisNexis, Daniel discusses the implications for communication providers and consumers of this Final Statement and the Ofcom MCT reviews over many years.…