- PRESS RELEASE
- Digital Agenda: Commission proposes more competition, more choice and lower prices for mobile phone users abroad
(6 July 2011) A proposal for a long-term solution to the continued high cost of using mobile phones and other mobile devices whilst travelling in the EU (roaming) has been presented by the European Commission. The directly binding Regulation proposed would for the first time introduce structural measures to boost competition by allowing customers from 1 July 2014, if they so wish, to sign up for a cheaper mobile roaming contract, separate from their contract for national mobile services, whilst using the same phone number. The proposal would also give mobile operators (including so-called virtual mobile operators, who do not have their own network) the right to use other operators' networks in other Member States at regulated wholesale prices, and so encourage more operators to compete on the roaming market.
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- CALL FOR TENDERS
- SMART 2011-0036 Quantifying public procurement of research and development of ICT solutions in Europe
(Deadline: 16/09/2011) This study aims to gather data about the amount of public procurements of research and development that are taking place in the Member States and that are not tendered EU wide. The purpose is to quantify the data in such a way that also allows the identification of R&D procurement expenditure across areas of public sector activity, and across categories of expenditure, in particular for this study focusing on ICT related goods and services procured. This study should be carried out in line with R&D expenditure measurement methodologies already used in official yearly statistics, scoreboards and benchmarking exercises relating to R&D expenditure across Europe in comparison with the rest of the world developed by EUROSTAT in cooperation with member states' national statistics offices, OECD and the European Commission. The study is taking place in the context of the Digital Agenda for Europe and wider Innovation Union objectives to enable more informed decision making when it comes to designing policies for encouraging innovation from the public demand side, such as pre-commercial procurement. The study should be carried out in view of developing guidelines for policy makers to set up a systematic way of collecting this type of national data in the future.
- CALL FOR TENDERS
- SMART 2011/0035 Simulation, visualisation and visual computing technologies: EU position and future potential
(Deadline: 09/09/2011) The aim of the study is to inform decisions on future coverage and approach towards the fields of simulation, visualisation and visual computing within a future post 2013 EU Research and Innovation Programme. The study should analyse and assess the position of the EU research community and of EU industry in these areas. It should benchmark these activities against the main international competitors. It should also analyse the research and market potential in various application areas and identify the potential key players that should be involved in the definition of future R&D priorities and in subsequent research and development activities in the area. The data gathered and lessons learnt through this study will be fed into the Common Strategic Framework and Work Programme preparation process.
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- Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
- A better deal for roaming
Opening Remarks at Press Conference, Brussels, 6th July 2011
- Videomessage by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
- Governing the Internet of Things
Internet of Things Europe 2011 Conference, Brussels, 28th June 2011
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