Saturday, 23 June 2018

Friday Review: The Reding switcheroo

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 10 July 09

EU telecoms commissioner outlines five-year plan; other highlights include BT's fibre project, exclusive handset deals, and a woeful week for Phorm.

Viviane Reding could be relaxing on a beach somewhere, basking in the glory of her mobile roaming cap success and making voice calls and sending SMS to her heart's content, safe in the knowledge that, thanks to all her efforts, she will not find an unexpectedly hefty mobile phone bill on her doormat when she returns home. But the iron lady of telecoms – scourge of the operator, but beloved of the consumer – is not resting on her laurels in the wake of the 1 July reduction in EU roaming rates. No, the EU telecoms commissioner is still hard at work, and this week switched her focus to the digital switchover, urging governments to speed up the freeing up of analogue TV spectrum. "I call... on all EU governments: don't wait until 2012, the EU-wide deadline for the final digital switch-off... Act swiftly now," Reding said during a speech in Brussels on Thursday. She will present package of draft measures designed to facilitate a faster switchover on Friday. It must have come as something of a surprise to Europe's telcos to not find themselves in Reding's firing line for once. But more than that…

Viviane Reding could be relaxing on a beach somewhere, basking in the glory of her mobile roaming cap success and making voice calls and sending SMS to her heart's content, safe in the knowledge that, thanks to all her efforts, she will not find an unexpectedly hefty mobile phone bill on her doormat when she returns home. But the iron lady of telecoms – scourge of the operator, but beloved of the consumer – is not resting on her laurels in the wake of the 1 July reduction in EU roaming rates. No, the EU telecoms commissioner is still hard at work, and this week switched her focus to the digital switchover, urging governments to speed up the freeing up of analogue TV spectrum. "I call... on all EU governments: don't wait until 2012, the EU-wide deadline for the final digital switch-off... Act swiftly now," Reding said during a speech in Brussels on Thursday. She will present package of draft measures designed to facilitate a faster switchover on Friday. It must have come as something of a surprise to Europe's telcos to not find themselves in Reding's firing line for once. But more than that…

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