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Telecommunications Ezine, September 2013

AUTHOR(S): Helen Kelly
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Telecommunications
DATE: 30.09.2013

Welcome to the September 2013 Newsletter from our Telecommunications Group.

It has been an eventful quarter for the Irish telecoms industry, with Three’s June announcement that it had agreed to acquire O2 Ireland. Vodafone also won a significant High Court victory in appealing certain parts of ComReg’s MTR decision, with the regulator’s use of benchmarking ruled ‘ultra vires’. New criminal laws allow the government to ‘shut down’ mobile communications to combat terrorism, while there was disappointment for ComReg on its M2M consultation.

It has also been a busy time at the European level.  A number of telecom operators have announced merger plans across Europe, and within the last few weeks the European Commission announced its plans for a single telecom market – described by it as "the most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms reform" -  to promote broadband investment, end mobile phone roaming fees and make international fixed-line calls the same price as domestic calls.

In this issue

  • Vodafone’s appeal against MTR decision wins in part – but final orders still awaited
  • Eircom pays €275,000 penalty for breach of non-discrimination obligation and avoids court action
  • STOP NOW! Criminal Justice Act 2013 – New provisions on cessation of mobile communications
  • ‘One step forward, two steps back’ for ComReg on M2M – does Ireland risk being left behind?
  • It’s all about the figures - ComReg Key Quarterly Data Report (Q2 2013) published
  • B+ for effort, but SMEs still underserved with ICT - Latest ComReg Business ICT Survey (May 2013) published
  • ‘Money, money, money…..’ Premium Rate Services – Consultation on industry levy
  • Trying to ‘Go Green’? Still charging for paper bills? Think again.
  • ComReg continues to champion equality for disabled end-users
  • Secondary Legislation

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