European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States, for example. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
The European Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency take steps to make it easier for consumers to use their connected mobile devices from gate to gate on airplanes.
The European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes said her plans to reform the European Union's fragmented telecoms rules are still on track for 2014 despite some reports that suggested the telecoms reforms had been delayed to 2015.
The drive to develop "5G" technologies in Europe is being led in part by the METIS 2020 research project, with METIS standing for "Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society." For more on the push to 5G, check out this FierceWireless:Tech special report.
"Good luck, Randy!" That's exactly what four of Europe's Big 5 operators (e.g., Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Telecom Italia) told me when I asked the question: What do you think of AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's statement that he sees room to move the European market in the direction of the U.S. by investing in networks, shifting pricing strategies to encourage mobile data use and collecting more revenue as use increases?
The mobile industry's "golden age" may be waning, as Ovum put it, but developments with LTE and increased interest by operators in exploring how they can differentiate their offers through tariff innovation and new types of services should help push the industry through to the next stage--whatever that will be.
Europe's operators joined forces this week in a combined effort to lambast recent European Union proposals for a major reform of the sector, instead calling for greater freedom to consolidate and less oversight over issues such as pricing and network technology.
Telecom industry consolidation across Europe--including an end to roaming charges for phone calls and Internet use across national boundaries--would be a boon for the continent, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes said during an industry conference in Brussels.
Whatever you may think about the single market proposals put forward by the European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, in September, one proposal does stand out as being potentially beneficial for the industry: the harmonisation spectrum allocation across Europe.
A group that represents the European Union's 28 national regulators has been sharply critical about the recent proposals to create a European single market for telecoms, saying it is "concerned that the proposed regulation is being rushed through the European legislature without proper explanation and full exploration of its potential consequences."