Analysis of the FFT Sender Party Network Pays proposal

In the European Union (EU), representative bodies of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as ETNO (the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association), have recently reopened the debate requesting that Content and Application Providers (CAPs) pay a content levy of sorts for traffic routed to the ISPs’ networks. We describe this as a “Sender Party Network Pays”[…]

Autonomous vessels – can the potential benefits be realised?

Between 80 and 90% of goods worldwide are quoted as being moved by ships, as they can offer economic and efficient long-distance transport. Autonomous vessels provide potential advantages by reducing the impact on the environment, increasing safety, reducing costs, and addressing skills shortages. In 2019 it was estimated the market for autonomous shipping technologies was[…]

Plum Presents: An overview on how to measure and monitor spectrum

For our second webinar “Plum Presents”, Richard Rudd, Director at Plum, has provided a brief, non-technical, overview on how to measure and monitor radio spectrum. A robust understanding of spectrum use, and changes over time is crucially important for spectrum regulators and for the developers of new services. Existing users also require an understanding of[…]

How can MNOs reduce carbon emissions?

With a current worldwide focus on climate change and environmental impacts, the telecommunications sector is being asked to examine how it can reduce its emissions and be more environmentally responsible.  At the same time, the industry is in a unique position of providing solutions to enterprises, individuals and governments worldwide to cut pollution from transport[…]

A symbiotic ecosystem – how Google contributes to the telecom sector

Plum prepared a major study exploring the mutually beneficial relationships that exist between participants in the telecommunications sector, including connectivity providers and online service providers. The study sets out a view of the wider telecoms sector and value chain, and identifies a number of mutually beneficial relationships that exist between sector players, and which serve[…]

How the Internet works (and is paid for)

The Internet has been one of the most life-changing and fast-growing technologies in the world. According to the latest ITU estimates, 4.9 billion individuals around the globe are using the Internet, which is 4.8 times more than in 2005. The average global Internet user spends around 7 hours per day online, and in 2021 alone,[…]

Online safety and competition in digital markets – a discussion of the CMA and Ofcom’s joint statement

In July 2022, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom published a joint statement on online safety and competition in digital markets.[1] The statement follows the introduction of the Online Safety Bill to the UK parliament in March 2022. The current draft of the Online Safety Bill requires firms in scope – including[…]

Approaches to rural broadband in Europe

Many European countries are now getting at a point in their Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) deployment where the only portions of the territory that remain uncovered are deep rural areas. In initial plans laid out a decade ago, these areas were considered very hard to reach. Policy instruments were aimed at delivering some broadband[…]

Plum Presents: Spectrum policy reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic

In this webinar Tim Miller, a partner at Plum, discusses the spectrum policy measures that regulators around the world took in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as telecommunications networks faced an unprecedented increase in traffic and change to usage patterns.  From temporary spectrum awards to changes in licence obligations, regulators and governments worldwide played a[…]