Monthly Archives: February 2011

Rules applicable to all UK telecoms operators to change

Last week Ofcom started a consultation on revising the UK’s General Conditions of Entitlement and Universal Service Conditions. The consultation closes on 7 April, and will be followed by a statement, with implementation on or before 25 May 2011. The … Continue reading

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Apple and Google go head to head for on-line subscription payments

With exhibitors packing up their stands in Barcelona, this week has seen the launch by Apple and Google of payment services for on-line subscriptions. The two propositions are different, and in this post I’ll unpack the details. Taking them in … Continue reading

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Tighter regulation of mobile data roaming casts shadow over Barcelona from Brussels

With MWC 2011 still in full swing there are no shortage of topical issues to blog about, but whilst the mobile industry celebrates its achievements in Barcelona, back in Brussels the European Commission continues to go about its business. On Monday, the … Continue reading

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Will integration of mobile payment with location based advertising kill Google?

Sadly the watcher in not at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, although from London it would seem that the volume of announcements is best perhaps filtered through the lens of distance.  In any event through the magic of twitter #mwc … Continue reading

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O2 applies for first UK e-money licence whilst Everything Everywhere and Barclaycard announce contactless payment service

Mobile money is a recurrent theme for the watcher. See the mobile money overview post and Apple’s incorporation of NFC into iPhone post. As anticipated, all the industry players are jostling for position and there have been a number of … Continue reading

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Microsoft to rescue Nokia?

“There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, … Continue reading

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‘It is not possible to assess whether Ofcom delivers value for money’ says Public Accounts Committee

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts scrutinises the accounts of publicly funded bodies to assess whether those bodies deliver value for money (which it defines as being ‘the optimal use of resources to deliver intended outcomes’). It today … Continue reading

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FCC approves nine White Space Database Adminstrators

In some areas, it seems that Europe is always following the US. One of those areas is white space cognitive radio.  Whilst European and UK regulators seem content for the process to proceed at a leisurely pace, the Federal Communications Commission has recently provisionally … Continue reading

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‘Illegal state aid’ challenge to tax levied on BT’s UK fibre network fails in European Court

In a decision dated 21 January, but only released this week, the EU’s General Court in Luxembourg has dismissed Vtesse’s appeal against a decision of the European Commission that rates (a UK land use tax) levied on BT’s UK fibre … Continue reading

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Regulatory uncertainty casts shadow over otherwise positive results from BT and Vodafone

Positive results out yesterday from both Vodafone and BT. One fact that caught my eye was the news from BT that (for the first time I can remember), BT had a net increase in connections. It’s is very old news … Continue reading

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