Category Archives: Regulation

Roaming Charging Countered by Caps

As the EU celebrates the end of a long and winding journey to eliminate mobile roaming charges across the EU, consumers will find that Operators have found revenue rewarding routes around the promised land. TelecomTV debates the new strictures on ‘fair use’, Usage Caps and so-called ‘Unlimited Data Plans’ that may well leave the unwary… Read More »

Manifesto Myopia and Digital Promises

As electioneering resumes after a respectful pause for sombre reflection all Parties will have considered how to adapt their messages. Some will resolutely stick to promises already published.  Others will reshuffle priorities. Mid-campaign adjustments that might otherwise have been scornfully dismissed as U-Turns may now be treated with more tolerance in this second chapter.  The… Read More »

What is the ASA Up To?

FISP has long-held that broadband marketing practice in the UK needs an overhaul. We’ve been encouraged to believe that pressure on the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to reconsider their judgements is evident from Ministerial responses to questions posed at conferences and seminars. The Consumer organisation ‘Which?’ has pursued the topic with some vigour and now,… Read More »

The New Oil?

In this week’s Economist (the UK-based weekly magazine) the cover illustration heralds a leader column describing Data as the new Oil. The parallel is not entirely sound – a natural resource that could eventually be exhausted is very different from new resources that are multiplying – but, suggests the author, governments should be concerned about the impotence… Read More »

Digital Platforms – the German Policy Perspective

The White Paper produced by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy makes for fascinating reading. This is the equivalent of the UK’s Treasury taking over the reigns of digital policy and recognising that digital platforms are not some subset of industrial or cultural policy. In an economy renowned for for its manufacturing… Read More »

Digital Global Britain – challenges & opportunities

Released yesterday, TechUK’s paper on the impacts of Leaving the Customs Union is driven by concerns to avoid future entanglement in ‘Red Tape’. That well-worn trade body theme (and parade of potential problems) is understandable but what stands out from the paper are some positive and forward-looking recommendations, including: A call for government to  ‘increase its participation in key… Read More »

Broken threads in the competitive canvas?

For wholesale connectivity, Ofcom’s Ethernet charge control will deliver wholesale prices that are approximately 50% cheaper after a three-year period. Good news?  Maybe not. Everyone (except perhaps BT) would welcome greater competition – especially in the wholesale connectivity market. Competition here would surely feed through to retailers and thence to end-users. Not only that, competition… Read More »

Radio Spectrum & Financial Measurement

As the mobile industry advances towards 5G the landscape for spectrum licensing is becoming ever more complex. Service Providers will be dealing with a multitude of devices operating at different frequencies and with markedly different coverage areas.  In a guest presentation for TechUK’s Spectrum Policy Forum, Anna Coast of FISP and her colleague Bob Franklin mapped… Read More »

Another Day, Another Nail

Not a good week for BT & Partners. Monday’s news of fines by Ofcom and promises of compensation for wholesale customers included a supplement for regulatory obstruction. The confirmation today that the long-term downward trend in complaints about Broadband and Phone-lines has stalled will not ease the pain. BT shareholders, however, reacted positively to the fine for… Read More »

Fighting for a Gigabit Society

The prospects and implications of Gigabit connectivity are demanding serious attention. In the European Parliament and here in the UK the gloves are off. Combatants are climbing into the ring. Referees are calling for a fair fight. The danger is that silo thinking, with far too much concentration on the health of the telecom industry… Read More »