Saturday, 26 October 2013

State ownership in European telecommunications incumbents

The European Union (EU) is traditionally neutral on the ownership of enterprises and Member States are free to choose the forms of ownership of their enterprises (European Economy). Privatisation is not part of any legal obligations related to the electronic communications regulation. However, most of the European telecommunications operators have been privatised during the privatisation wave of 1980-90s, spurred by liberalisation.

Slovenia is in a group of five EU Member States that have retained majority state ownership of their incumbent telecommunications operators: Luxemburg (100%), Cyprus (100%), Slovenia (72% plus an additional approx. 3% indirect stake), Belgium (53,51%) and Latvia (51%).

Saturday, 12 October 2013

A timeline of Slovenian 4G spectrum assignment process

Slovenian lawmakers adopted a decision to assign frequencies in the 800 MHz band, a so called digital dividend, for mobile broadband in 2007. They were ambitious and wanted to launch mobile broadband services in the 800 MHz band already in 2011. Six years later and more than seven years after the adoption of the underlying strategy, we are still far from assigning frequencies. We have not got even a complete mobile auction information memorandum. The Slovenian National Regulatory Authority (NRA) requires changes in auctioning provisions of the recently adopted Electronic Communications Act, which may lead to further delays.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Europe needs a coherent and coordinated radio spectrum policy

The mobile broadband has become the most dynamic ICT market and much more important than the underlying technology. It has a transformational impact, driving far-reaching social and economic transformations through new services and changes in consumer habits. It is changing the way we live and work. Europe was once a leader in mobile communications, but has in recent years fallen behind South Korea, Japan, Australia and United States, where markets now enjoy much higher penetration rates of 4G mobile broadband communications than in Europe.