Tags Previous ArticleVerizon already plotting AOL, Yahoo job cutsNext ArticleEC aims to simplify law agencies data access Home GSMA urges EU Council to back 25-year licences Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more GSMA seeks 6GHz boost for 5G The GSMA called on members of the European Council to back proposed spectrum reforms to encourage operator investment ahead of a crunch meeting on the new legislation.Representatives from EU member states, which comprise the bulk of the policy agenda-setting European Council, are set to discuss the European Commission’s (EC) proposed European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) at a meeting on 9 June.Among the items up for discussion are controversial proposals for 25-year minimum spectrum licences, and other changes to communication laws – some of which the GSMA said would increase the regulatory burden on operators.Following the publication of the draft EECC in September 2016, reports emerged 15 member states were against the award of 25-year licences. According to a document leaked to Reuters, the members – including the UK and Germany – said the proposed law would limit national regulators’ ability to respond to market developments.In a statement, the GSMA argued 25-year minimum spectrum licences, with a “strong presumption” of renewal, were a crucial element of the proposed legislation, which would provide an incentive for operators to invest at the levels needed for 5G.The association also urged council members to adopt other measures which would create a regulatory framework to encourage investment and innovation by the sector.These included greater coordination of spectrum resources across member states, avoiding “overly burdensome regulation” and adopting rules designed to foster successful and secure IoT development and deployment.“As the EU’s Telecoms Ministers prepare for tomorrow’s meeting, we encourage them to carefully consider the impact of regulation, and particularly the long-term effect it will have on innovation and investment in Europe,” Afke Schaart, VP Europe at GSMA, said.“We have one opportunity to get this right – the right regulation can propel Europe into the future, whilst protecting consumers and encouraging innovation in this sector – the ideal outcome for all,” Schaart added. EUEuropean CouncilGSMA Related La GSMA reclama el uso de la banda de 6 GHz para la 5G Author Chris Donkin GSMA lays out plan for MWC21 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 JUN 2017
Enhanced UK MERS surveillance found 2 imported cases in 2012-13An enhanced system of surveillance for MERS-CoV in England turned up 2 cases of the disease among 77 potential candidates meeting case definitions in its first year of operation, according to a dispatch yesteday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The numbers are small, say the authors, but in the context of emerging pathogens, reporting data like theirs can help optimize case detection and surveillance systems.The surveillance system was instituted by England’s Health Protection Agency, now called Public Health England (PHE), in September 2012 after isolates from an ill Qatari patient who was transferred to an English hospital showed a virtual match to the virus identified in the first MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patient in Saudi Arabia earlier in the year.PHE defined a possible MERS case as acute respiratory syndrome (fever of at least 38°C [100.4°F] or history of fever and cough) requiring hospitalization as well as clinical or radiologic evidence suggesting lower airway involvement not explained by another cause in a patient who had traveled to or resided in Saudi Arabia or Qatar (the only places with MERS at the time) within 10 days of illness onset.Of 77 individuals meeting the case definition from Sep 24, 2012, to Oct 15, 2013, 2 cases were confirmed, as were cases in 2 contacts of the second case-patient. The positive predictive value of clinical manifestations increased as the severity of disease increased.The authors write, “We encourage other countries to similarly report the characteristics of all patients tested for MERS-CoV to improve understanding of the predictive value of different clinical and epidemiologic manifestations in various populations at different times. This will help inform the evolving international public health response to this novel pathogen.”Aug 4 Emerg Infect Dis dispatch CDC study: Reclassification affected foodborne outbreak data since 2009At least some of the substantial decline in reports of foodborne disease outbreaks since 2009, when the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) began reporting all enteric disease outbreaks rather than only foodborne outbreaks, is accounted for by workers giving different classifications to outbreaks that would previously have been categorized as foodborne, say the authors of a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.In addition, a shortage of resources during the 2009 pandemic influenza outbreak may have played a role, they found.With the enhanced reporting platform, enteric outbreaks that are transmitted by person-to-person contact, animal contact, environmental contamination, and indeterminate source are reported in addition to those classified as foodborne and waterborne.The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted a voluntary survey of state and territory health department workers who enter enteric disease outbreak data into NORS.Workers gave high priority to reporting foodborne disease outbreaks. However, 35 of 47 (74%) reported sometimes having difficulties in determining the primary mode of transmission in an outbreak in the enhanced system.Specifically, 20 of 25 respondents (80%) said they had difficulty distinguishing between foodborne and person-to-person transmission. In addition, 26 of 47 (55%) reported they had used the new “indeterminate/other/unknown” category in cases in which the mode of transmission wasn’t clear. Most respondents said they likely or very likely would have reported such outbreaks as foodborne in the pre-2009 system.In answer to questions pertaining to health department resources during the 2009 flu pandemic, 19 of 35 (57%) said there were fewer resources available at that time for foodborne disease outbreak investigations.”The results of this survey provide unique insights into the decline in the number of foodborne outbreak reports submitted in 2009 and thereafter,” say the authors.Aug 4 Emerg Infect Dis study
talkSPORT brought you live commentary of every game of the 2014 World Cup and here, in this special programme, we relive the magic of Brazil.Listen as Mark Saggers is joined by the likes of Adrian Durham, Jim Proudfoot, Stan Collymore, Stuart Pearce and Ray Parlour to look back on the tournament.