Common mobile phone charger coming soon to Europe

The European Commission announced this week that ten mobile phone vendors have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) regarding the “Harmonisation of Charging Capability for Mobile Phones” that will cover mobile phones and a majority of devices using radio frequencies to be sold in Europe. This new unified charger creates a new European standard and […]

ARCEP regulates fiber local loop to stimulate FTTH investment in France

Last week, Jean-Ludovic Silicani, the new president of ARCEP, held a press conference and announced several propositions to stimulate commercial investment in FTTH deployment in France. These propositions were put together after year of tense negotiations between ARCEP, the operators and local collectives. They will be issued for public consultation in July and are expected […]

European Commission highlights regulatory approach for fiber to the home

European countries are now actively discussing the impact of the new generation of broadband networks to be put in place for the next decade. Last week, the European Commission issued a set of revised proposals for the regulation of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband networks, in the form of a draft Commission Recommendation. This draft […]

French high court declares antipiracy law unconstitutional

The French Conseil Constitutionnel, the highest court in France (equivalent to the US Supreme Court), has ruled that certain provisions of the recently passed Hadopi Law are unconstitutional. In particular, the court held that the decision to terminate the Internet access of people found illegally downloading content, must be taken by a judge, not by […]

Iliad-Free community Wi-Fi network: an operator’s dream come true?

The recent Iliad-Free press release boasting of the world’s largest community Wi-Fi network has left many of us skeptical and puzzled. I posed a few questions to Xavier Niel, CEO of Iliad-Free, about the configuration of the network and the company’s intentions. Niel confirmed the network is now in beta “just like Gmail” with thousands […]