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  • Ofcom releases strategic review discussion document

    Ofcom, the UK regulator, has issued a discussion document following the announcement of a major strategic review made in March this year. This marks the first phase of the review and is a formal call to consult with “stakeholders”, and the consultation will close on 8 October. The 180 page document covers investment and innovation, such has how to regulate in... Read this full article

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  • Indonesia to review OTT licensing

    Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (known locally as Kemenkominfo) has said it intends to review the legal position concerning the licensing of over-the-top (OTT) service providers, with a view to treating them the same as traditional telcos, notes TeleGeography. “Local online portal IndoTelko quotes the communication and IT minister... Read this full article

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  • IoT roadmap for Malaysia

    Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) together with its applied research agency, MIMOS, has unveiled the National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap, which aims to drive IoT implementation to a goal of generating RM42.5 ($13.4) billion by 2025, reports MIS Asia. MOSTI minister YB Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin said that the growth of the ICT industry was... Read this full article

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  • Net neutrality and roaming agreed in Europe

    Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, agreement has been reached with the European Parliament and Council to end roaming charges in June 2017 and also to enshrine, for the first time, the principle of net neutrality into EU law. “In the open internet, all traffic will be treated equally, subject to strict and clearly... Read this full article

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  • FCC offers spectrum help to small businesses

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted an order that aims to help small businesses participate in spectrum auctions and the wireless marketplace. These policies are commonly known as the “designated entity rules”. “The Report and Order adopts common sense reforms to ensure that eligible small businesses and rural service providers are the true... Read this full article

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  • Thailand makes new SMP determinations

    Under new significant market player (SMP) determinations by Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), all five of the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) – AIS, DTAC, True, TOT and CAT – are classified as SMPs in the wholesale cellular network call termination segment, notes TeleGeography on a report in The Nation... Read this full article

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  • Public sector broadcasting reviewed in the UK

    Ofcom, the UK’s converged regulator, has published a third review on public sector TV, “Public service broadcasting in the internet age”. The review finds that public service broadcasters continue to make a significant contribution to UK broadcasting. Close to eight in ten viewers (79%) believe PSB is delivering on its purposes – such as trustworthy news and high quality programmes... Read this full article

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  • Singapore proposes spectrum for new entrants

    Singapore’s telecoms regulator (IDA) has proposed setting aside 60 MHz out of a total of 225 MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants, reports Mobile World Live. “The structure of the next spectrum auction is intended to attract a newcomer to the Singapore mobile market, which currently has three mobile network operators... Read this full article

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  • Data security law in Australia

    Australia is consulting on the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is designed to strengthen the security of data storage and transmission and includes obligations on all carriers, carriage service providers and carriage service intermediaries, such as to notify security agencies of any potential risk, notes Lexology. “In addition, but... Read this full article

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  • Electronic sim cards draw closer

    Apple and Samsung are in advanced talks to join the rest of the telecoms industry to launch electronic sim cards, in a move that could fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators, reports the FT. “The GSMA, the industry association which represents mobile operators worldwide, is close to announcing an agreement to produce a standardised... Read this full article

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  • India’s net neutrality report

    India’s Department of Telecom has released its much-awaited report on net neutrality in India. The report, together with another from telecoms regulator TRAI, will form the final basis of the government’s policy on net neutrality. According to The Hindu, the DoT panel has been criticised for its stance on internet voice calling and zero rating platforms, but the panel has clarified that its... Read this full article

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  • US defends multistakeholder internet governance

    The United Nations is not equipped to regulate the internet and lead with international decision making on policies that will shape the future of the internet, the US under-secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, Catherine Novelli, has said. Novelli made the assertion last week, in discussion with the Premium Times and other foreign journalists... Read this full article

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  • ITU publishes latest telecoms trends report

    The ITU has released the latest edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015, its report on global ICT regulatory developments. It “reveals a fast-evolving ICT landscape, as devices and services proliferate, broadband connectivity becomes increasingly pervasive, and the hyper-connected world of the internet of everything starts to become a reality”. The report recommends... Read this full article

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  • Patterns in global IP transit revenues

    According to TeleGeography’s latest IP Transit Forecast Service, global IP transit revenues are forecast to fall 6% compounded annually between 2014 and 2021, from $4.9 billion to $3.2 billion. However, despite widespread declines, revenues will not fall evenly among all regions. “While revenues in more developed markets will remain relatively static over the next seven years... Read this full article

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IIC 2015 Event Calendar

5-8 October
CPR Week, Washington, DC
5-6 October - IRF, hosted by the FCC
7-8 October - IIC 46th Annual Conference

 

Who will be in DC in October?

Innovation, how to connect the unconnected and the development of appropriate regulatory responses will all be on the agenda for the IIC’s Communications Policy and Regulation Week in Washington DC in October.  Regulators and industry come together to discuss policy and regulatory decision making in the face of emerging technologies and disruptive business models.

Speakers from across the week include:

 

Tom Wheeler
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, USA

Mauricio Ramos

CEO, Millicom

Brad Smith

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate, Microsoft

   

2015 CPR Week Confirmed Speakers

 

 

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Intermedia, Vol 43, Issue 2
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Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy
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TMF Miami 2015
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Regional IRF, Miami 2015
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Jonathan Jacob Nadler says the FCC’s new Open Internet Remand Order makes five fundamental changes, faces five legal challenges – and will have five unintended consequences
H Sama Nwana makes a passionate case for promoting TMT and not just telecoms in Africa – a case that could benefit all developing nations
Chairman, National Commission of Television and Radio for Armenia (Open Access PDF download)
Armenia Forum 2015
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Asean Broadcasting Regulation Forum 2015
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TMF Brussels 2015

The Brussels TMF was held on 17-18 March 2015.  Click here for the programme and confirmed speakers.

IRF Vienna: 6-7 October 2014

IRF Vienna:
6-7 October 2014

The 2014 International Regulators' Forum was hosted by RTR the Austrian Regulator. Click here for the programme and downloadable content (login required).