The new BEREC Net Neutrality Measurement Tool will be available later in 2019. Many European regulators are waiting for this, as they are planning to implement the crowd-sourcing tool at their agency. Alternatively, they might have an existing system and are not sure what the best approach in regard to the new tool would be.
Now it is the perfect time for regulators to start planning the implementation in their own country. Specure is the optimal implementation partner, with rich experience from previous projects and innovative solutions. That is why from September, Specure offers a series of introductory, on-premise workshops for its customers and partners.
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Slovak mobile operator Swan Mobile, operating under the brand name 4ka, has conducted the first public 5G video call in the country. The operator demonstrated the video call for journalilsts in the city of Banska Bystrica in the Central Slovakia. During the demo the speed reached 1 Gbps.
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Slovenian regulator AKOS has found that all three mobile network operators (MNOs) in the country exceed the coverage obligations which were imposed by the regulator’s decisions following an auction for allocation of radio frequencies. AKOS annually monitors the compliance of operators with those obligations. AKOS has also published a detailed compliance report for the coverage in the 900 MHz band and over 1 GHz.
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Irish regulator ComReg is not satisfied with the situation in the market as regards open internet access, but it lacks enforcement powers to intervene, follows from its report on net neutrality for the period from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. Ireland is the only EU member country, whose national regulatory authority (NRA) lacks power to start formal investigations and to issue enforcement orders, as also the European Commission confirmed in its Study on the implementation of the open internet provisions of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation published on 30 April 2019.
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Slovak regulatory authority RU has informed that the preparatory works for the 5G auction in the 700 MHz band proceed in line with the schedule to meet the deadline set by the EU decision for the release of the spectrum. The 694-790 MHz band has been used for the digital terrestrial TV (DVB-T) so far. As agreed in the EU, the band shall become available for 5G mobile broadband by 30 June 2020.
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Slovak Telekom has brought ist 4G+ network with theoretical speed up to 200 Mbps to 17 new locations. It provides 4G+ through carrier aggregation of the bands 800 and 1800 MHz.
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Czech regulator CTU has published draft conditions of the prepared auction for frequencies in the bands 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz. Based on the proposal, operators shall compete for a total of 60 MHz in the 700 MHz band and 200 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band. CTU has selected SMRA (Simultaneous Multi-Round Auction) as the auction format. The minimum proceeds are expected at CZK 6.3 billion.
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Polish regulator UKE has published a report on the implementation of the EU open internet regulation, monitoring the quality of internet access service (IAS) provided by internet service providers (ISPs) in Poland in the period from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. UKE concludes that Polish ISPs comply with the open internet regulation. The data also confirm the continuing trend of increasing internet speeds.
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T-Mobile US announced launch of 5G network in parts of six urban areas: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York on 28 June. Customers can check the network coverage on the operator’s coverage map
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government is willing to help its citizens inhabiting rural areas with access
to broadband internet. To be able to direct the resources specifically to the
uncovered locations, the administration needs accurate information about the
existing coverage. However, the inhabitants lacking broadband access complain
about the inaccuracy of the data provided in fill-in forms by operators,
resulting in a significant variation between the reality and theoretical
coverage maps, reported Texas Public Radio. A crowdsourcing internet
measurement tool could help citizens living in rural areas to get their broadband
internet connections and the government to guarantee that the resources are
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