Euro Parliament under fire following EC 5G vote

first_img Tags Home Euro Parliament under fire following EC 5G vote AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 OCT 2017 Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Author Kavit Majithia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Duetsche TelekomEuropean CommissionOrangeTeliaVodafone Related Previous ArticlePreparing to lead in 5G and its key use casesNext ArticleEC takes Ireland to court over unpaid Apple tax Telecoms operators in Europe are at odds with the European Parliament after  proposals designed to encourage investment in 5G and fibre networks were watered down.A European Parliament vote on the matter “undermined” plans proposed by the European Commission (EC) in 2016 which sought deregulation in the sector in exchange for investment, Financial Times (FT) reported.The EC estimated it would cost €500 billion for the continent to emerge at the forefront of 5G, and put forward the plan to encourage operators and other companies to invest in new telecoms networks with confidence, and to address an estimated €155 billion shortfall in the required investment.However, the proposals have not received the backing the EC, or indeed operators, had hoped.Carrots with sticksIn a research note, Barclays Bank said the European Parliament vote had replaced “carrots” with “sticks”, FT reported.Despite calls for degregulation, the Parliament suggested it could actually increase scrutiny on “oligopolies” in the market, where certain large players have too much power, and proposed handing more power to national regulators, thus undermining the EC’s push for a digital single market in Europe.At this stage, nothing is set in stone and the proposals will be negotiated with member states into early next year. However FT noted the EC’s plan could yet be further weakened by member states’ opposition to the introduction of spectrum harmonisation across the continent.Lisa Fuhr, director general of European operator lobby group ETNO, said the European Parliament vote “misses the point” and risks slowing down broadband deployment.A Vodafone Group company representative added the revised proposals increase the “regulatory burden” on companies.Following investments in fibre in Spain and Portugal, Vodafone is proposing to co-invest in networks across the UK with Openreach.“Those amendments, if adopted, would erode investor confidence in European telecommunications,” the Vodafone representative said.The European Parliament also proposed caps on the cost of calls between the EU and other countries, which it described as “abusive”. The push comes after European operators were forced to abolish data roaming fees across the bloc.Telcos urge changeAt an event hosted by ETNO and FT in late September, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hottges and Orange CEO Stephane Richard urged Europe to cut regulation and help the continent in meeting 5G and digitalisation goals set by the EC.Telia CEO Johan Dennelind, in an open letter to European policy makers, also stressed the need for a more ambitious European policy framework.“The European institutions have a pivotal job to do in the coming 6-12 months, the results of which will be studied closely for years to come,” he wrote yesterday (3 October). “We have the opportunity to be the community of leaders which moved Europe onto a higher plane of achievement.”last_img read more

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Brexit News / EXCLUSIVE: Another shock as DHL Express suspends some UK-EU services

first_img The toll from the new Brexit trading arrangements grew last night when DHL Express told customers it was “immediately” suspending some UK-EU services.In an email seen by The Loadstar, the company said that with “immediate effect” it would “temporarily suspend” all B2C shipments requiring sanitary and phytosanitary control formalities.The company explained it was seeing EU customs authorities hold a “high number of shipments” requiring such checks.Shipments affected include animals and products of animal origin, plants and plant-based products and items that can be absorbed, like cosmetics and perfumes. DHL Express said it would advise customers “as soon as we can” when the services would resume. By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 20/01/2021 A spokesperson for DHL Express told The Loadstar it was not a blanket suspension on all services.“This does not affect goods being shipped to businesses, or veterinary and phytosanitary shipments that do not require control formalities, such as authorisations or licences.“We hope that the challenges associated with these types of shipments are resolved soon and we can resume carrying them on behalf of our customers as quickly as possible.”Catching the industry offguard, many have been left “upset and angry” by the news, as DHL and FedEx are seen as lifelines for the services suspended by the likes of DPD and DB Schenker.One source told The Loadstar this morning: “We knew if we wanted to service something amid the Brexit strains, we would be able to hand it to DHL and it would be taken care of. So, to find otherwise… this decision is really shocking, and I think shows the extent of the levels of bureaucracy tied into the new trading arrangements.”FedEx, however, is projecting an air of calm, a spokesperson telling The Loadstar it had yet to experience any major headaches, noting it had spent four years prepping for Brexit.“So far, our preparations are proving effective. Currently only 0.5% of parcels due to leave the UK for the EU via FedEx’s road network had missing customs paperwork,” he said. “This tells us our network is stable and our customers are navigating the change successfully.“We are open for international business on Brexit lanes and will continue to do everything we can to support customers through this transition.”Palletforce also said this morning it had been able to maintain a “functioning Europe service, despite ongoing Brexit challenges”.The palletised distribution network said it had spent the past 12 months “heavily investing” in its European services to mitigate the impact of Brexit-related disruption, adding that, “unlike some other networks”, it had a “true cross-border model”.Chief executive Michael Conroy said: “There’ve been a number of problems since the start of 2021, which have seen some pallet networks and logistics operators suspend services. [But] Palletforce has been able to maintain a fully-functioning service… these are tough times, government did not provide the rules early enough, some customs centres do not seem fully prepared and there’s confusion around paperwork and what is needed.”DHL’s decision may be the latest in a worrying trend, with three major companies suspending some services in the past week, following DB Schenker and Palletways.One source said they expected the big companies to have a fix in place “imminently”, but suggested it showed something beyond incompetence on the part of business, pointing the finger at the “late-in-day” delivery of a Brexit deal.last_img read more

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GAME NOTES: UWF to compete in Eckerd College Invitational

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team will play its first games of the season this weekend after having its home opener against Tuskegee University canceled due to rain.The Argonauts will travel to Clearwater, Florida this weekend to participate in the Eckerd College Invitational. UWF will face opponents from the Sunshine State Conference and south region.West Florida will begin the tournament Feb. 6 and will face Florida Southern at 4:30 p.m. ET and then Lynn at 7 p.m. ET.. The Argos will then take on Florida Tech and Saint Leo Saturday, Feb. 7. UWF will close out the tournament with a single match-up against Tampa on Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Preseason rankingsThe University of West Florida softball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2015 Gulf South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Argonauts garnered 46 total points in the poll voted on by coaches in the GSC. Valdosta State University was slated to finish first in the conference after totaling 77 points in the poll. The Lady Blazers are coming off of last season that saw them earn their sixth-straight GSC Tournament title and were runner-ups in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The University of Alabama-Huntsville earned 71 points to finish second in the poll while Shorter University (70) and the University of North Alabama (58) were slated third and fourth, respectively.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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USPS: Santa Mail Won’t Be Stopped After Friday’s Earthquake

first_imgHere are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.Affix a First-Class Mail stamp to the envelope, such as one of the new holiday stamps.Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:North Pole PostmarkPostmaster4141 Postmark DriveAnchorage, AK 99530-9998 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The United States Postal Service has resumed operations across the Anchorage area with all retail and delivery functions back to normal on Monday. USPS wrote in a statement: “And as a comfort to all children around the world, the hundreds of thousands of cards and letters destined to Santa Claus have not had any delay.” The U.S. Postal Service letters from Santa program provides Santa’s personalized response to your child’s letter to Santa.center_img Alaska District Manager Ron Haberman: “No quake can shake our service this time of year.” USPS recommends sending Letters to Santa by December 8 so that they can be received by the Anchorage Postmaster no later than December 15. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.last_img read more

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Steel Sensations…Welcome to the NFL Landry Jones

first_imgWelcome to the NFL Landry Jones.  Apologies to you from all the fans who booed you, doubted you and called for your job.  I for one, was not amongst that group, I saw you play at Oklahoma, I knew you deserved a spot on this roster, the talent was there.When you were first drafted, I wrote about you being a great potential number two guy behind Big Ben and a guy who would eventually be capable of starting if needed.Well Landry, it looks like you may be needed this week, don’t let me down. You filled in nicely for Mike Vick and really turned the game around, going 8 of 12 for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. That was good for a 149.3 passer rating. Yes, it’s a small sample size but it’s enough for me to know you should start this week in Kansas City and all of Steeler Nation should rest easy that Big Ben can rest up his sore knee for an additional week and the team will be fine in your hands.Landry, don’t pay attention to Antonio Brown throwing up his hands, pouting and moaning in disgust. He wants the ball, he’s a play maker, get him his touches when you can but if you can’t, ignore him. Brown is not typically a diva so this attitude of late is not appreciated and hopefully will stop. He knows winning is the number one stat, he just needs to be reminded of that. Keep doing what you did on Sunday and that will remind him, quickly.Landry, don’t be fooled by the defense being the 5th best scoring defense in the league. Yes, they’re improved but they are still ranked 25th overall in terms of yards allowed, 27th in passing defense. Many fans seem to think this is the return of the Steel Curtain. There are signs of the return but it’s not back yet, far from it.  If fans trust the secondary, they aren’t watching the games soberly.Due to what I deem a very weak secondary and a defense still inconsistent and capable of being gashed on the ground and in the air, Landry, you may be needed to put up a lot of points. You can do that. You know the playbook, you have the arm, you have the high profile college experience and now Landry, you have done it in the league, in a game that counted and you came out on top.Welcome to the NFL Landry Jones.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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