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  • South Africa needs 'government clarity'

    September 2014: South Africa's failure to nail down telecoms policy is hurting it in the international arena, reports ITWeb, which interviewed Will Hahn, principal research analyst at Gartner, at the 2014 Gartner Symposium in Cape Town. He said the outlook for telecoms investment is becoming doubtful and needs urgent intervention and clarity. Growth is facing a speed bump, government policy, Hahn says. A major concern among service providers is government involvement in some of the organisations competing for business... Read this full article

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  • French regulator gets its powers back

    September 2014: France has restored the sanctioning power of telecoms watchdog, Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), reports TeleGeography. "The Constitutional Council (Conseil d'Etat) stripped the watchdog of its authority to sanction telecoms operators in July 2013, as it considered that the telecoms regulator was in non-compliance with the French constitution's principle of separation of power... Read this full article

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  • Scotland - implications for independence

    September 2014: What happens to telecoms regulation if a new country is created? Ewan Sutherland looks at the case of Scotland, which votes on 18 September for possible independence. In a blog post he says: "The Scottish Government claims last November's White Paper answered all questions. However, in the areas of communications policy and regulation it raised many more questions than it answered. It also undermined its own assertions about the future growth of cultural industries, by creating significant regulatory... Read this full article

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  • New UK competition head speaks out

    September 2014: Retaining a level of scepticism about the extent to which technological changes will influence consumer behaviours and business models is necessary to ensure competition is appropriately regulated, the head of the UK's new main competition authority has said in a speech, according to "Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) chief executive Alex Chisholm said businesses often argue against competition regulators taking action in their market on the basis that technological changes will... Read this full article

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  • Gulf roaming group consults

    September 2014: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) roaming working group has issued a public consultation document with the aim of working with industry on the setting of "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory prices and conditions for the exchange of traffic related to international mobile roaming (IMR) between GCC member states". The paper says that "the volume of IMR traffic and revenues are substantial, and the prices of most IMR services appear to bear little relation to true underlying cost", and "unit prices for data... Read this full article

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  • Algeria could move to fixed competition

    September 2014: Algerian telecoms minister Zohra Derdouri has revealed that the country's fixed telephony market could be opened up to competition "soon", notes TeleGeography, picking up a report from Agence Ecofins. The minister reportedly said in a press conference, co-hosted with Mehmel Azouaou, CEO of Algerie Telecom: "We want to create real competitive conditions by installing one or more other operators for fixed [services]." Another issue discussed at the conference was the potential entry of new mobile operators... Read this full article

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  • Wireless revenue growth to flatten out

    September 2014: Worldwide wireless revenue will continue to grow throughout 2014 but after it hits $1 trillion in 2015, further growth will be hard to come by, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics. Wireless Week says a report from the analyst sees 4G's contribution to global service revenues jump from 9% in 2013 to more than half by 2018. "But growth opportunities for providers will be scarce regardless and will begin to decline by 2019." The slowdown is due at least in part of the European market's declining revenues, which the... Read this full article

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  • GSMA reports on Africa taxation

    September 2014: The GSMA has called on governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to review their approach to the increasing tax burden imposed on the mobile industry. The GSMA has released two studies that explore various aspects of mobile-specific taxation in Africa and show that this burden is stifling economic growth in those countries that have introduced mobile-specific taxation. The first report, 'Surtax on International Incoming Traffic (SIIT) in Africa', examines its impact in Sub-Saharan Africa and concludes that the... Read this full article

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  • Telecoms execs reject sharing request

    September 2014: A government demand to improve mobile phone coverage in Britain's rural areas by asking operators to share networks has been rejected by telecoms executives, forcing ministers to consider other options, reports the Financial Times. "Mobile coverage in rural areas has been particularly criticised by customers, as well as by Prime Minister David Cameron after he struggled with reception on journeys around Britain," the item says. Although similar to international roaming, national shared roaming has not been... Read this full article

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  • Proposal for an SMS emergency service

    September 2014: The UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling for a rethink of the emergency '999' call service to bring it into line with today's communications, particularly among young people. With the UK regulator finding that 94% of communications from 12-15 year olds are text based, and with young people more likely to be victims of crime or accidents, the IET is calling for the implementation of a new cross-platform text-based '999' emergency service. People would text alerts via any appropriate app... Read this full article

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  • Australia reports on fast broadband

    September 2014: Australia's Department of Communications has released a cost-benefit analysis on different approaches to providing fast broadband in the country, finding that deploying the National Broadband Network through a multi-technology mix (MTM) – a combination of fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node, hybrid-fibre coaxial, fixed wireless and satellite technologies – provides net benefits of $18 billion to the community and the economy. It says MTM is far more 'future proof' in economic terms: if future demand grows... Read this full article

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  • US need to keep on top in mobile broadband

    September 2014: A spectrum policy report by Deloitte explores the relationship between spectrum and mobile broadband leadership on a global basis, especially for the US market, finds RCR Wireless News. "The report notes the US is a leader in mobile broadband but warns that unless more spectrum is made available for mobility services, the country's growth in this area could wane and raise the risk of economic consequence." The report shows that the US so far has strong growth in the mobile broadband market, increasing its... Read this full article

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  • Spectrum safeguarding in Europe

    September 2014: The European Commission has recommended that the EU should safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies, reports The EC's report suggests that the 694-790MHz band, which is currently used by terrestrial broadcasting networks, should be dedicated to wireless broadband across Europe by 2020. But it also suggests that the EU... Read this full article

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  • Brazil goes ahead with 4G auction

    September 2014: Brazil's telecoms regulator Anatel has announced terms of its 4G auction, "which should throw an over $3 billion lifeline to the government as it struggles to meet its year-end fiscal goal", says Reuters. "The auction to run the 700 MHz spectrum is scheduled for 30 September 30, and will raise, at a minimum, 7.71 billion reais ($3.43 billion)." Each of the three nationwide slots being auctioned will require a minimum bid of 1.927 billion reais, Anatel said. Bidding for a fourth national slot, which excludes regions covered by... Read this full article

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  • 5G plans - Japan among the leaders

    September 2014: Governments around the world must agree to release spectrum in harmonised millimeter wave bands for 5G cellular services, according to Theodore Rappaport, director of NYU Wireless, as EE Times reports. "To keep cost down, and get adoption rates to be very high, it will be better for the industry to have common frequency bands to use with the same chipset," Rappaport said. Korea, China, and Japan are being "very aggressive" in leading the charge to 5G. NTT Docomo in Japan is expecting 5G standardisation... Read this full article

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  • Canada debates OTT and broadcasting futures

    September 2014: Canadian's province of Ontario wants digital media providers such as Netflix brought under the regulatory regime that governs traditional TV and says they should contribute to public funds that support homegrown content, according to the Toronto Star. "The online providers that benefit from delivering programming to Canadians would begin paying into the system once they reach some minimum threshold likely in market penetration..., according to the province's recommendation." In a submission to the Canadian... Read this full article

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  • China takes more control of foreign content

    September 2014: The Chinese government's main regulator for entertainment has tightened control over the broadcasting of foreign content over the internet, "dealing a blow to the nation's booming online video streaming market", says the New York Times. The regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or SARFT, issued a notice saying that video websites must obtain one of two licences - a film screening licence or a television screening licence - to legally stream foreign films or television shows... Read this full article

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  • Internet of things and regulation

    September 2014: Analyst firm Machina Research has announced an M2M and IoT regulation database, in which it concludes that several strands of regulation have the potential to disrupt the adoption of the internet of things, most immediately those related to permanent roaming of mobile connections. Among the findings it says that the regulatory position over permanent roaming (where a device is permanently connected in a country other than its nominal 'home' territory) is unclear, with over 80% of regulators having no explicit rules... Read this full article

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  • Google convenes privacy panels

    September 2014: A panel appointed by search engine Google has held the first of a series of meetings to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten", reports Reuters. "The event in Madrid will be the first of seven meetings in European capitals, as the internet giant struggles with thousands of requests a month to remove from its search results everything from serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, instances of online bullying and... Read this full article

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  • Africa to usher in cybersecurity convention

    September 2014: The leaders of the African Union, a group of 54 African governments launched in 2002, met at the 23rd African Union Summit and approved the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, notes Access, a human right organisation. "The Convention covers a very wide range of online activities, including electronic commerce, data protection, and cybercrime, with a special focus on racism, xenophobia, child pornography, and national cybersecurity. If and when it is implemented... Read this full article

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TMF Miami 2014- Roberto Viola speaks to the IIC

Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General, DG Connect, European Commission, talks to IIC President, Fabio Colasanti, about the need for a single market in Europe and the Connected Continent initiative, and the importance of cooperation between regulators, using the development of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) as an example.

Expert Speakers who attended Vienna

Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
Malcolm Harbour
Malcolm Harbour
Dunja Mijatović
Dunja Mijatović
Chris Chapman
Chris Chapman
Paarock VanPercy
Paarock VanPercy
Gabrielle Gauthey
Gabrielle Gauthey
Leong Keng Thai
Leong Keng Thai
Beatriz Quiñones Cely
Linda Jensen

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Volume 42 Issue 3 for Autumn 2014 is now available to members for download (login required).
Big Data: Opportunity or threat?
In the first of a two-part article, Andrew Haire and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger set the scene for big data policymaking. Download the PDF now.
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Intelligence for Communities Intelligence for Communities
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Innovation, investment incentives and internet governance: Policy and regulatory decision making in the emerging and developed American markets.
What About Innovation?
David Tennenhouse and Sharon Gillett of Microsoft pose a key question: what if innovation were the primary policy goal?


IRF Vienna: 6-7 October 2014

IRF Vienna:
6-7 October 2014

This year’s International Regulators' Forum was kindly hosted by RTR the Austrian Regulator. Click here for the programme and confirmed speakers.

Annual Conference: 8-9 October 2014

Annual Conference:
8-9 October 2014

Two days multi-speaker event for members and non-members at the Schonbrunn Palace Conference Centre, Vienna. Click here for the programme and confirmed speakers.

Save the Date: TMF Washington 2014

Save the Date:
TMF Washington 2014

The next TMF will be held in Washington on 2-3 December 2014. More details will be available soon.

TMF Miami 2014: Programme

See the final TMF programme plus read up about our speakers and download presentations from the event.

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