Ofcom publishes statutory backing for new PhonepayPlus rules

The watcher has been a bit quiet recently – caused by a combination of a business trip to Singapore and a holiday. Despite the holiday period there has been a lot going on including:  yesterday’s UK case on site blocking; the EU Commission’s CEO summit on broadband investment; and the ECJ decision on intermediary liability in L’Oreal … Read more

Commission attacks roaming charges with structural market intervention as well as price caps

The European Commission yesterday announced measures which directly intervene in the roaming market. These measures are in addition to the expected continuation of price caps on voice and SMS and new caps on data downloads. The Commission, first under Vivianne Reding and now under Neelie Kroes, has adopted an agenda in  relation to roaming (as part of the Digital Agenda) … Read more

Ofcom introduce spectrum leasing

Last week Ofcom published its conclusions from its earlier consultation on simplifying spectrum trading by introducing spectrum leasing. The concept is best explained through a couple of pictures from the Ofcom statement: Existing spectrum trading: New spectrum leasing: The pictures demonstrate how the new proposals will simplify the spectrum market in the UK. Leasing will initially … Read more