EC ramps up pressure on Chinese kit vendors

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more The European Commission today said it has taken a “decision in principle” to investigate the import of mobile network infrastructure from China, but said it will “not be activated for the time being to allow for negotiations towards an amicable solution with the Chinese authorities”.The value of telecoms network equipment exported from China to the EU was put at “just over €1 billion per year”.The Commission said it is set to launch an “ex officio” trade defence action, which means it comes without an official complaint having been made by the EU industry. It said that this practice is “particularly important as it offers a ‘shield’ when the risk of retaliation against European companies asking for trade defence instruments is high”.Major European suppliers such as Ericsson, NSN and Alcatel-Lucent have been unwilling to lodge a formal complaint as they all have significant business interests in China, previous reports said.The statement made today, from trade commissioner Karel De Gucht, follows months of speculation that an investigation into the practices of Huawei and ZTE was in the pipeline, centring on whether they have used illegal state subsidies to undercut rivals.Correspondingly, Huawei and ZTE have made significant investments in Europe in order to support their operations.De Gucht has previously called for European suppliers to be given a 30 per cent share of China’s telecoms market, and for Chinese vendors to raise the price of their products by 29 per cent, which (unsurprisingly) sparked anger from the Chinese authorities. Previous ArticleSingTel sets aside S$2B in hunt for growth opportunitiesNext ArticleLG debuts enterprise-focused smartphone Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Steve Costello Alcatel-LucentChinaECEricssonEuropeHuaweiNSNRegulatoryZTE Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Author Home EC ramps up pressure on Chinese kit vendors Tags Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAY 2013 last_img read more

LatAm execs call for regulation rethink

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Author HomeThrive – News LatAm execs call for regulation rethink Previous ArticleJio backs Krikey in AR game playNext ArticleZTE’s intelligent optimization service solution, facilitates operators to achieve a qualitative leap in network optimization with a brand-new mode and concept Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore2 02 DEC 2020 GSMA THRIVE LATIN AMERICA: Executives from Millicom and Telefonica stressed the need for a regulatory overhaul in the region, arguing major changes to spectrum policy are necessary to incentivise operator investment and make it more economical to broaden coverage.During a keynote, Millicom CEO Mauricio Ramos (pictured) said a “modern, flexible regulatory framework is required” to enable operators to become an engine for economic growth.Spectrum policies offering longer licence terms and “improved mechanisms to allocate spectrum from country to country to create scale economies” are also required, he stated, pointing to moves taken by New Zealand as an example of a progressive approach which could be replicated in Latin America.“The better the spectrum policy is managed the further investment we will draw to the region.”Alfonso Gomez, CEO of Hispanoamerica at Telefonica, agreed. In a separate presentation, he said regulators “need to be willing to broaden the terms and licences without additional cost”.The executive cited taxes as another key issue, noting operators in Latin America pay 51 per cent more than in other global markets.Citing Telefonica’s work on the Internet Para Todos initiative in Peru, he added the right regulatory policies can make it profitable for operators to expand rural coverage.“We can no longer speak about inclusive digitalisation without reviewing public policies…If communication networks are not a luxury item they should not be treated as such”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts Millicomspectrum policyTelefonicalast_img read more

Family accommodation needs to get better treatment

first_imgFamily accommodation, which makes up 50% of the total accommodation capacity and in which every second tourist in Croatia stays in August, has never been systematically encouraged in qualitative development. He wasn’t really encouraged at all. Family accommodation is accommodation in private houses, apartments and backyards that the owners have registered and offered to the legal tourist market. This private property was acquired through the lifelong renunciation of Croatian citizens and investments were not accompanied by stimulating credit funds, and even less were these investments directed towards incentive measures towards certain market niches.The first complete project of branding and targeting the market niches of family accommodation, which includes loans on the most favorable terms on the market, is the “Kvarner family” project in Kvarner. In a conversation with the Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman, we agreed on the creation of a similar model at the national level. The common position is that HBOR should be included in the project not only because this bank has taxpayers’ funds at its disposal, but also because branding family accommodation as an “originally Croatian household” would oblige users of favorable credit lines to use their facilities when equipping their facilities. Croatian products and services. This would strongly encourage the placement of domestic products towards a large potential market of almost 80.000 households with more than 500.000 beds.Photo: www.kvarnerfamily.hrMinister Anton Kliman announced the already agreed arrangement of HBOR for lending to individuals – citizens, providers of household catering services with a total fund of HRK 400 million with an interest rate of 4% and a repayment period of 8 years and a personal promissory note as collateral. This is a significant step forward in concretizing the incentives to invest in recognizable quality. What should accompany this initiative of Minister Kliman is additional co-financing of interest by interested counties, municipalities and cities so that the final interest rate reaches 2% and 1% for depopularized areas such as Slavonia, Gorski Kotar, Lika, smaller islands… and of course effective a network of HBOR representative offices that could quickly and efficiently process loan applications in any part of Croatia.It is crucial that this project is accompanied by the CNTB with a good, effective promotional campaign in which every household that has taken out a loan and started investing will have strong promotional support through digital marketing. Regarding Croatian products and services, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce should also participate in the project of creating a stock exchange of bidders that includes product groups for rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, textiles, indoor furniture, garden furniture, pool equipment, horticulture, digital technology. services would give the household the status of “originally Croatian household”. Such a household would be the bearer of the brand of Croatian family accommodation in well-designed promotional campaigns of the CNTB. We hope that the excellent move of Minister Anton Kliman will develop into the desired marketing product that brings a complete solution and benefit to all project stakeholders.Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more