In response to the Culture Secretary’s Communications review for the digital age, the FCS has called for major changes to the legislation associated with, “spectrum, utility regulation, industry self-regulation and a proportionate appeals mechanism”.
Jacqui Brooks CEO of FCS said that it had,”analysed trends in the communications market and its importance in underpinning the UK economy. We conclude that communications infrastructure and platforms are best regulated as a utility with a separate approach to the competitive access market. In order to demonstrate that it is a well functioning market the industry itself needs to operate within a new transparent self/co-regulatory framework for services delivery set up by the new Act. ”
On top of this the FCS recommended “streamlining” the legislation in the new Communications act in order to better support the UK economy. This would be done by consolidating all existing spectrum legislation in to a single “Wireless Telegraphy act” and removing certain historic clauses from the Comms Act 2003.
Furthermore the FCS, “deficiencies within the current appeals process for challenging Ofcom decisions, particularly for smaller stakeholders. We put forward a new model based on experience in the energy market, which could be adapted to offer proportionate appeals mechanism for the communications sector.”
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Last night was another great night for Gradwell, claiming another industry award at a ceremony in London.
The award, for Communications Provider of the Year, was presented at The Federation of Communications Services’ (FCS) 30th birthday celebrations.
Gradwell beat off tough competition from the likes of Chess Telecom and Incom Business Systems to claim the award as the stand-out provider across the radio, mobile, fixed and IP telephony markets.
The award, which aims to foster excellence, and recognise and reward innovation in the communications industry, was presented to Managing Director Peter Gradwell by political editor John Sergeant.
Peter said of the accolade:
“It is a great reflection of all of our hard work that we have claimed another award. Being recognised by the FCS is especially important as they represent the whole industry, including fixed, hosted and mobile telephony. They also show how well both ourselves and the VoIP industry are progressing.”
The FCS award adds to a great year for Gradwell, coming after success at the ITSPA awards and the nominations for the upcoming ISPA event.
The global telecommunications market has bucked recent economic trends to see a 4% rise in 2010, placing the total value at over $1.85 trillion (£1.14tn).
Recent research by telecoms analysts Ovum, found that the increase was fuelled by particularly impressive growth of the mobile markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China – the so-called ‘Bric’ economies.
Ovum examined the 2010 financial data of telecoms operators across the globe, including providers of business VoIP as well as suppliers of trunking and mobile solutions. They found that the market recovered from the impact of the financial crisis to regain the four per cent lost previously in 2009.
Matt Walker of Ovum, author of the report, stated: “Within the context of a slowly improving global economy, the telecoms sector is returning to sustainable growth.”
Infonetics Research forecast in March that the VoIP services market would grow to $74.5 billion in 2015, with growing numbers of businesses cashing in on the increased flexibility and reduced costs that Internet telephony offers.
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On the 26th of May new European privacy laws come in to place in the UK, giving internet users an increased control over what data sites are allowed to collect about them. The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) legislation affects what companies can do with cookies. These are small files used to log data about a user which websites utilise, to map use and provide relevant data.
A document has been issued by the ICO guiding firms on what they should do to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation, however the document is considered to be a “work in progress” and a final copy will not be in place until after the 26th of May.
For users this means that you will now potentially be posed with an explicit question such as a pop up when you visit a site, or a clause being present in the terms and conditions requiring your acceptance for that company to use it’s cookies on your system. For firms the law change will result in having to identify where it is appropriate to collect this consent. However difficulties will arise when consumers refuse consent, leading to a reduction in targeted content being presented to the user.
Under the new legislation the ICO is obliged to investigate any claims it receives from members of the public regarding a breach of compliance. The Department for Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) announced that whilst complaints maybe investigated, enforcement actions will not be taken until the guidelines have been drawn up.
For now, in order to comply with the new regulations. businesses will need to begin ascertaining what cookies are used on their websites, where they are used, how much scope they have and how to gain consumer’s consent to use them.
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Fujitsu has announced that it is to create a superfast broadband network for rural areas in the UK. Duncan Tait chief executive of Fujitsu, claims it will, “breathe new life in to rural communities”. This service will hope to rival BT’s market dominance. Already Virgin Media and TalkTalk have expressed willingness to provide internet services via the network and it will also be opened for use by local authorities.
Fujitsu is asking for £500m from the government to help fund the project, with most of the system using currently present BT infrastructure of underground ducting and phone poles. However the network is not a certainty, according to the managing director of network solutions at Fujitsu, “Without [the funding] the network will not be built”. Nevertheless this isn’t the only factor that affects the likelihood of the creation of the network. According to Fujitsu creation of the network relies on OFCOM forcing BT Openreach to provide access to its infrastructure on, “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms”.
What is interesting about Fujitsu’s proposed network, is that it will offer fiber to the home (FTTH) service, that will be able to bring potentially 1Gbps speeds, much faster than BT’s superfast network which uses a hybrid solution known as fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) only capable of speeds of around 40Mbps. Effectively offering a future-proof technology that will be effective for a much longer timescale.
The government’s communication minister Ed Vaizey applauded the planned network and Virgin Media’s chief executive Neil Berkett echoed this as: “a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the ambition of a digitally enabled society a reality beyond the country’s cities and towns“.
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