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Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a political agreement to update the EU’s telecoms rules

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Brussels, 6 June 2018 – The European Parliament and the Council reached late last night a political agreement to update the EU’s telecoms rules. The new European Electronic Communications Code, proposed by the Commission, will boost investments in very high-capacity networks across the EU, including in remote and rural areas.

Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip said: “This agreement is essential to meet Europeans’ growing connectivity needs and boost Europe’s competitiveness. We are laying the groundwork for the deployment of 5G across Europe.

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, said: “The new telecoms rules are an essential building block for Europe’s digital future. After several months of tough negotiations, we have agreed on bold and balanced rules to provide faster access to radio spectrum, better services and more protection for consumers, as well as greater investment in very high-speed networks.

The agreed rules are crucial for achieving Europe’s connectivity targets and providing everyone in the EU the best possible internet connection, so they can participate fully in the digital economy.

The new Electronic Communications Code will:

  • Enhance the deployment of 5G networks by ensuring the availability of 5G radio spectrum by end of 2020 in the EU and providing operators with predictability for at least 20 years in terms of spectrum licensing; including on the basis of better coordination of planned radio spectrum assignments.

  • Facilitate the roll-out of new, very high capacity fixed networks by making rules for co-investment more predictable and promoting risk sharing in the deployment of very high capacity networks; promoting sustainable competition for the benefit of consumers, with a regulatory emphasis on the real bottlenecks, such as wiring, ducts and cables inside buildings; and a specific regulatory regime for wholesale only operators. Moreover, the new rules will also ensure closer cooperation between the Commission and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in supervising measures related to the new key access provisions of co-investment and symmetric regulation.

  • Benefit and protect consumers, irrespective of whether end-users communicate through traditional (calls, sms) or web-based services (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.) by:

  • ensuring that all citizens have access to affordable communications services, including universally available internet access, for services such as egovernment, online banking or video calls;
  • ensuring that international calls within the EU will not cost more than 19 cents per minute, while making sure that the new rules would not distort competition, innovation and investment;
  • giving equivalent access to communications for end-users with disabilities;
  • promoting better tariff transparency and comparison of contractual offers;
  • guaranteeing better security against hacking, malware, etc.;
  • better protecting consumers subscribing to bundled service packages;
  • making it easier to change service provider and keep the same phone number, including rules for compensations if the process goes wrong or takes too long;
  • increasing protection of citizens in emergency situations, including retrieving more accurate caller location in emergency situations, broadening emergency communications to  text messaging and video calls, and establishing a system to transmit public warnings on mobile phones.

 

Background

At work, at home or on the move, Europeans expect an internet connection that is fast and reliable. Encouraging investments in very high-capacity networks is increasingly important for education, healthcare, manufacturing or transport. To meet these challenges and prepare Europe’s digital future, in September 2016 the Commission proposed the establishment of a European Electronic Communications Code and a proposal for a Regulation on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. The Code will modernise the current EU telecoms rules, which were last updated in 2009, stimulate competition to drive investments and strengthen the internal market and consumer rights.

In March 2018 the Parliament and the Council agreed on the way forward for radio spectrum management to be able to introduce 5G in the EU. Once fully adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, Member States will have two years to transpose the Electronic Communications Code into national law.

For More Information

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) including data on connectivity per country

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Ganapati to Launch Manny Pacquiao Slot Game in September

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Ganapati PLC is going to launch boxing legend Manny Pacquiao themed slot game in September. Proceeds from the game will go to the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, supporting children’s education in the Philippines.

The game’s focus on fighting represents the local communities’ fight for a brighter future, something that Pacquiao strives for in his role as a senator of the Philippines. Elected to the Philippine Senate in 2016, he was firmly established as a leading figure in politics.

“This opportunity is extremely exciting for us as it represents Ganapati’s considerable growth within the industry. We’re delighted to be involved in this project with the octuple champion Manny Pacquiao – a true global superstar. It is wonderful to know the extent to which Ganapati is now being recognised in the industry,” Juliet Adelstein, CEO of Ganapati Europe Holding and Ganapati Malta said.

“Manny Pacquiao has defeated countless powerful players in the past – no matter how strong his opponent, he always faces them head on and without fear. This mental strength of his can be seen not only in his role as a pro-boxer, but also as a politician and future leader of the Philippines. Manny Pacquiao is the most successful and respected athlete in Asia and an incredibly skilled and determined politician. It is an honour to be able to produce his official game,” Hayato Terai, CLO of Ganapati PLC and Ganapati Malta said.

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iMovo becomes First Premier Implementation Partner for Zendesk in EMEA

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iMovo Ltd, an acknowledged leader in Customer Experience Management (CEM), Business Intelligence (BI), Workforce Management (WFM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), is pleased to announce that it has achieved Zendesk Premier Implementation Partner status, the first such partner in the EMEA region to do so.

Building on its previous Premier Solution Provider status and having achieved a 100% successful track record of numerous implementations of the Zendesk customer service solution, iMovo’s Customer Service Engagement consultants underwent additional study and certification leading to the Premier Implementation Partner status.

With expertise across many industries and business functions, combined with a team of certified consultants, iMovo has helped organisations improve their customer service operations, foster satisfied customers and build loyal relationships as well as create new efficiencies and generate value and cost savings.

Commenting on this achievement, Emmanuel Buttigieg, Zendesk Line Advisor at iMovo said “This new status has us extremely happy and we see this as a clear sign of the commitment the two companies are making towards bringing cutting edge customer service across multiple markets including the UK, France, Malta, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Spain. Customer experience management has been a key focus for iMovo since its inception in 2010 and, with more than 60 successful projects under our belt, our team has demonstrated our vision, culture, and passion for customer experience and service management. As Premier Implementation Partners we look forward to continue working closely with Zendesk across the EMEA region.”

For more information please visit www.imovo.com.mt or send an email to info@imovo.com.mt.

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Rush Street Launches Online Sports Bets and Casino Games on iOS Devices in Pennsylvania

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Rush Street Interactive has launched online sports bets and play casino games on iOS devices in Pennsylvania. Players are finally able to place online sports bets and play casino games on iOS devices, via Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com sites.

The launch has been facilitated by GeoGuard Location Validator, a new app launched through a partnership between GeoComply, a geolocation specialist.

“As we launch our casino site today, we are excited to offer Apple users a way to enjoy the innovative experiences we offer by betting from their mobile devices in Pennsylvania. We’re pleased that players with Apple mobile devices will be able to use the mobile web to play with PlaySugarHouse.com,” Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive said.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer loyal users with Apple devices, such as iPhones, a way to get online and begin playing on our award-winning platform,” Schwartz added.

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