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LAST UPDATE: FEB 22, 2019
- Italy's draft rules against hate speech
- France's new proposal against hate speech
- German competition authority ruling against Facebook
LAST UPDATE: FEB 21, 2019
- Spain's national guide for cybersecurity incidents
- New tables added to capture operator decision on vendors and cybersecurity concerns
- Situation in Japan added to the vendor restriction table
LAST UPDATE: FEB 20, 2019
- Denmark's multi-band auction and 5G plan
- Germany's plans for local broadband and 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz
- Switzerland's multi-band auction
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On 29 March 2019, the UK regulator Ofcom set out its initial approach for the next Fixed Telecoms Market Review, which will cover the years 2021–25; for the first time, a market analysis will have a time frame longer than three-years. Ofcom’s main objective is to ensure competition continues to develop, while at the same time supporting the recent surge in fibre investment, resulting from the rise of alternative operators which are seeing a strong investment case, particularly in urban areas, and ensuring Openreach continues to deploy fibre to improve connectivity and enable 5G in rural areas. The regulator also set out measures to facilitate migration from copper to fibre, by phasing out regulation and price controls on copper products.
The European Commission is currently seeking input on the review of its Recommendation on relevant markets, which has to be completed by the end of 2020 to comply with a provision of the Electronic Communications Code. While at this stage the EC is not setting out what that will look like, it is likely that some markets will be removed from the list of those subject to ex-ante regulation, in line with the outcome of previous reviews. However, the EC is also hinting at the creation of a specific market for wholesale physical infrastructure access, which shows how the review is focused around the development of 5G and fibre networks.
The note published by Mark Zuckerberg on 6 March 2019 sets out the new approach Facebook aims to take for its communications services. It will be more focused on privacy and less on public sharing compared to the past, reflecting on new demands of the market and taking on board some of the lessons of the past. However, the plan could fall short of addressing the issues identified by regulators, which no longer see privacy in isolation from competition problems. The promise of full-encryption across platforms is also likely to face regulatory challenges.
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March 2019 Briefing
- EU Copyright Directive
- 5G cybersecurity round-up
- EU Recommendation on relevant markets
- 5G spectrum round-up
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