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  • Europe’s new single market strategy

    The European Commission has set out 16 initiatives “to make the digital single market happen” in a strategy document issued on 6 May. “The aim of the digital single market is to tear down regulatory walls and finally move from 28 national markets to a single one. A fully functional digital single market could contribute €415 billion per year to our economy and create hundreds of... Read this full article

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  • Better regulation at the European Commission

    The European Commission has adopted a “better regulation agenda”, said to be a comprehensive package of reforms covering the entire policy cycle that will “boost openness and transparency in the EU decision-making process, improve the quality of new laws through better impact assessments of draft legislation and amendments, and promote constant and consistent review... Read this full article

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  • Nordic regulators get together

    The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has confirmed that it and four other Nordic communications regulators have agreed to formalise their cooperation at regional level, with a rotating chairmanship on an annual basis, writes TeleGeography. With the group of regulators comprising Erhvervsstyrelsen (Denmark), FICORA (Finland), Post and Telecom... Read this full article

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  • Committee convenes for rural Australia

    A panel including a beef farmer, a regional CEO, a business advisor and telecoms consultant will review the adequacy of telecom services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia, notes the Mandarin. The committee appointed for the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review will be chaired by Deena Shiff, a former Telstra executive who also chairs a start-up building... Read this full article

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  • New regulator in Argentina

    A new regulatory body will begin overseeing the telecoms industry in Argentina at the end of May, according to Total Telecom. A presidential decree that establishes the Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC) as the new regulator was published in Argentina's official gazette on 29 April, the country's communications ministry... Read this full article

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  • New Ofcom head ‘eyeing deregulation’

    The FT reports that “Ofcom is eyeing deregulation of the television and telecoms industry to reflect radical shifts in how people watch, read and talk over the past decade,” in an interview with new Ofcom head, Sharon White. “Ms White, a former Treasury official who oversaw Whitehall spending cuts, has joined Ofcom as it faces meaty challenges given the shift to digital... Read this full article

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  • Facebook hires ex-FCC chief

    Facebook has hired former FCC chairman Kevin Martin as its vice president for mobile and global access policy as it works to bring the internet to more parts of the world, notes the Drum. “Martin, who has been a consultant to the social network for the last two years, will be based in Washington. His arrival comes as Facebook looks to untangle its somewhat complex stance on... Read this full article

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  • Latin America challenges for 4G and M2M

    Deployments of 4G networks and cellular M2M technology are poised for rapid growth across Latin America if mobile operators in the region can overcome a range of regulatory and economic challenges, according to GSMA research. GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA, has published two reports outlining the need for a sustainable approach to both 4G... Read this full article

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  • Canada regulates mobile wholesale

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is taking steps to “ensure that Canadians benefit from sustainable competition among wireless service providers, as well as continued investments in high-quality networks. In particular, the CRTC will regulate certain wholesale rates that Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and Telus charge other... Read this full article

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  • Cross-border mobiles in Belgium and Luxembourg

    The Belgian and Luxembourg telecoms regulators, BIPT and ILR (Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation), have concluded an agreement that makes it possible to link a Belgian mobile number to a Luxembourg network, while these are in principle nationally segmented. This way, a Luxembourg operator can commercialise mobile calling, texting and surfing in Belgium... Read this full article

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  • Ofcom to open up BT’s dark fibre

    Companies in the UK wanting to provide high-speed telecoms lines for businesses will be granted access to BT’s fibre networks under new proposals from regulator, Ofcom. The measure is designed to promote competition and innovation in the £2bn market for leased lines, take-up of which is growing as consumers use more data on smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs, and... Read this full article

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  • Poland deregulates fixed line

    Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), the European Commission and Polish competition authority, UOKiK, have approved a decision to remove regulation from four fixed line markets which are considered to be subject to effective competition, notes TeleGeography. In February, UKE conducted a consultation into four fixed line retail market segments, including... Read this full article

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  • LTE to impact unlicensed spectrum

    Developments in 4G LTE technology are also going to have a significant impact on unlicensed spectrum, which is currently used by billions of people through WiFi services in cities, cafes, airports and other venues, say Paul Budde. “Known as LTE unlicensed (LTE-U) or licensed-assisted access (LAA) this technology can also ride on top of WiFi networks (without utilising the... Read this full article

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  • Dynamic access and spectrum sharing – ‘no brainers’ for regulators

    The telecoms industry needs a more dynamic way of accessing spectrum if it’s going to expand coverage to the four billion unconnected people around the world and enable the internet of things that will connect tens of billions of devices, reports Mobile World Live on a talk by H. Nwana, executive director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. Nwana said dynamic access and... Read this full article

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  • Colombia consults on auction bidding

    Colombia’s Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (MinTIC), has published a draft document on its proposed public consultation on the bidding rules for its planned multi-band spectrum auction, reports TeleGeography. “Spectrum bands going under the hammer include the 900 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2500 MHz bands, as well as frequencies in the... Read this full article

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  • Operators to block ads on their networks?

    Several European mobile operators plan to block advertising on their networks, setting the stage for a battle with players such as Google, AOL and Yahoo, reports the FT. “One European wireless carrier told the Financial Times that it has installed blocking software in its data centres and planned to turn it on before the end of 2015,” the paper reports. Many mobile operators are... Read this full article

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  • Child protection review

    Data protection officers around the world have begun a review of websites and apps used by children as part of an international project to consider privacy concerns about the type of personal information collected. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office says it will look at 50 websites and apps, looking particularly at what information they collect from children, how that is explained, and... Read this full article

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  • App industry now bigger than Hollywood

    What is the major cultural force in America right now, asks Robinson Meyer in the Atlantic. “It might just be apps and the web. While reading a self-laudatory Apple press release, the technology business analyst Horace Dediu found something remarkable: the iOS App Store distributed $10 billion to developers in 2014, which, Dediu points out, is just about as much as... Read this full article

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  • ITU tests smart city indicators in Dubai

    Dubai will be the world’s first city to assess the efficiency and sustainability of its operations using the key performance indicators developed by the ITU-T focus group on smart sustainable cities. The two-year pilot project will evaluate the feasibility of the indicators with the aim of contributing to their international standardisation. The collaboration between Smart Dubai, an initiative... Read this full article

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  • US FTC launches identity theft site

    The Federal Trade Commission has launched IdentityTheft.gov, a resource that makes it easier for identity theft victims to report and recover from identity theft. A Spanish version of the site is also available at RobodeIdentidad.gov. The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery steps... Read this full article

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IIC 2015 Event Calendar

26 May
Regional IRF, Miami

27-28 May
TMF, Miami

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

Who was in Miami 2015?

Innovation, investment incentives and internet governance: Regulators and industry came together in Miami to discuss policy and regulatory decision making in the emerging and developed markets in the Americas and beyond. Including a regional International Regulators Forum, for communications regulators only, the panels of expert speakers looked at

-          Building an effective infrastructure

-          The issue of national and international connectivity

-          Transitioning to digital

-          The impact of convergence

-          Developments for spectrum and preparation for WRC-15.

With simultaneous translation to ensure maximum value and involvement from the floor, speakers included:


 

Thaddeus Arroyo
Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Mexico, LLC

Gabriel Contreras Saldivar

President, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico

US Representative IIeana Ros-Lehtinen (FL27)

Ambassador Daniel A Sepulveda

US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State

   

View all confirmed speakers for Miami

 

 

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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).