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Singapore ups 5G spectrum allocation to four operators Singapore ups 5G spectrum allocation to four operators

Singapore’s communications regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has revised its plans for the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum, saying it now intends all four mobile network operators (MNOs) to roll out 5G networks starting from next year, up from its original plan to have just two, reports Telegeography.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 14 October 2019

Taiwan’s regulator consults on 5G spectrum Taiwan’s regulator consults on 5G spectrum

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has defended a cap on the amount of bandwidth that operators will be able to acquire in its forthcoming auction of 5G-suitable spectrum, notes TeleGeography. According to the Taipei Times a discussion regarding the upcoming frequency sale was held involving representatives of the country’s telecoms providers.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Singapore launches digital industry and cybersecurity initiatives

Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore and the regulator, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), have joined forces to establish Digital Industry Singapore (DISG), to better support and capitalise on the growth opportunities for Singapore’s technology sector.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

New safeguards for telecommunications consumers in Australia

Revised consumer protection rules approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will impact Telcos, requiring them to explain terms and conditions clearly and to assess a customer’s capacity to pay.

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

Cook Islands issues competition policy consultation

The Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has released a draft telecoms market competition policy for consultation. The Cook Islands has been serviced by a single operator, partly-owned by the government, under a legislated monopoly since 1989, with limited independent oversight.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Press Council concerns on Police raids of journalists’ office and home Press Council concerns on Police raids of journalists’ office and home

The Australian Press Council has responded to raids by the Australian Federal Police in June 2019. The raid on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Sydney headquarters were over ‘the Afghan Files’ – a series of investigative stories published in 2017 revealing allegations of unlawful conduct by Australian special forces that were based on secret documents leaked to the ABC.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will, in consultation with key stakeholders, undertake a Scam Technology Project (the Project) to explore practical technological solutions to address the proliferation of scams over Australian telecommunications networks.

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Google pushes back against competition concerns in Australia Google pushes back against competition concerns in Australia

Google has rejected calls by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for tougher scrutiny of its operations, denying that it enjoys market power in online searches and advertising, Reuters reports.

  • Monday, 18 March 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Philippines approves ICT strategy

The Philippines House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill 3437, which seeks to provide for an “online network establishment” (ONE) policy for the country. Principally authored by deputy speaker Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas, HB 3437 or the “ONE Philippines Act” hopes to minimise the so-called digital divide and speed up wireless communications technology in the country.

  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 18 February 2019

India’s regulator speaks on 5G priorities (Copy) India’s regulator speaks on 5G priorities (Copy)

India can be a frontrunner in deployment of 5G but much will hinge on bolstering investments in fibre infrastructure, which is currently inadequate and trailing countries like China, RS Sharma, chair of India’s regulator, TRAI, has said at a digital summit meeting.

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

China makes moves on blockchain regulation

According to website, International Law Office, the Chinese government’s growing concerns about certain aspects of blockchain have triggered a number of recent regulatory responses. For example, in June 2018 the government learned of a vaccine scandal in which improper wording was allegedly uploaded to Ethereum (a type of blockchain).

  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

India reconsiders annual spectrum usage charges India reconsiders annual spectrum usage charges

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly reconsidering the application of a flat annual spectrum usage charge (SUC) and is expected to contact the law ministry for its opinion on the matter, notes TeleGeography. “SUCs currently vary, with different rates having been set for each auction.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Singapore’s PM urges trade rules update for digital Singapore’s PM urges trade rules update for digital

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called on leaders of Asia-Pacific economies to do much more to shape rules for emerging areas in the digital economy, such as electronic payments and digital identity, reports the Straits Times.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Valuing the contribution of Australian cultural and creative industries

This analysis shows cultural and creative activity contributed $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016-1, an increase of $25.8 billion or 30.0 per cent.  Cultural and creative activity relates to many sectors – the arts, media, heritage, design, fashion and information technology.

  • Monday, 12 November 2018

Europe’s telecoms execs call for a new industrial policy

Europe’s telecoms CEOs have issued their latest vision for Europe’s next policy agenda, via the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), highlighting that with 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) at the doorstep, “the network and services landscape is about to be revolutionised.

  • Monday, 22 October 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Call to unblock data flows in Asia

Governments in Asia can expand the region’s digital economy and unlock further socio-economic benefits for their citizens by removing unnecessary restrictions on the movement of data internationally, according to a report by the GSMA.

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Hong Kong Industry Discussion on Financial Data on Public Cloud

Members of the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) met on 3 Sep 2018 in Hong Kong to discuss the HK Securities and Financial Commission (FSC's) request for information around cloud and data storage.

  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

France and Singapore agree on digital roadmap

Amid concerns about increasingly sophisticated online threats, Singapore and France have pledged to beef up cooperation on cybersecurity and exchange ideas on regulatory approaches to safeguarding user data in the digital sphere.

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

India combats fraudulent and intrusive calls India combats fraudulent and intrusive calls

India’s regulator, TRAI, has released the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference regulation, which is aimed at cutting down the number of fraudulent and intrusive calls across the country, reports Firstpost.

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

India goes for strong net neutrality rules India goes for strong net neutrality rules

Eight months after India’s telecoms regulator came out swinging heavily in favour of the principle of net neutrality, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finally agreed to adopt the same, reports the Wire.

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

Q&A with Stuart Cunningham Q&A with Stuart Cunningham

Stuart Cunningham, Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology

  • Monday, 16 July 2018

ACCC Chairman speaks at IIC telecoms forum ACCC Chairman speaks at IIC telecoms forum

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published the final report of its communications sector market study, which includes 28 recommendations and actions on competition and consumer issues.

  • Monday, 16 July 2018

Cambodian government takes on ‘fake news’ Cambodian government takes on ‘fake news’

The Cambodian government will monitor all news and social networking sites with immediate effect, “to prevent the spread of information that can cause social chaos and threaten national security”, reports the Phnom Penh Post.

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Thursday, 21 June 2018

Chaos of Mother’s Day sale investigated by Taiwan’s regulator Chaos of Mother’s Day sale investigated by Taiwan’s regulator

Japan Communications says it has received Japan’s first regulatory certification under both the Radio Law and Telecommunications Business Law for an unlicensed LTE (u-LTE) base station – and JCI chairman Frank Seiji Sanda says, “u-LTE is the first step in the obsolescence of legacy mobile operators.”

  • Monday, 21 May 2018

Japan Communications has go-ahead for unlicensed LTE base station

Japan Communications says it has received Japan’s first regulatory certification under both the Radio Law and Telecommunications Business Law for an unlicensed LTE (u-LTE) base station – and JCI chairman Frank Seiji Sanda says, “u-LTE is the first step in the obsolescence of legacy mobile operators.”

  • Monday, 21 May 2018

TRCP Highlights May 2018 TRCP Highlights May 2018

Industry and regulatory highlights from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 21 May 2018

Cross-border data flows examined in Asian study

A paper published by Brookings looks at the importance of cross-border data flows, taking Asia as a model, and why they need regulating to stimulate the digital economy.

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

Myanmar starts universal service fund

Myanmar will collect tax on telecoms operators to extend the telecoms network to remote areas of the country, reports the Myanmar Times.

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

The ACCA’s report launch 30 April 2018

Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA)’s report launch, Asia’s Financial Services on the Cloud 2018: Regulatory Landscape Impacting the Use of Cloud by Financial Services Institutions in Asia
30th April 2018.

  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

Gambling ad crackdown extends to online streaming services

After partially banning gambling advertisements during the broadcast of live sports on free-to-air and commercial television last month, the ACMA has proposed mirrored restrictions for online streaming services.

  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Gambling ad crackdown during primetime sport

Gambling advertisements will be banned during the broadcast of live sports between 5am and 8:30pm on commercial free-to-air TV, radio and pay TV, ACMA has announced.

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

India relaxes spectrum rules in favour of investment

India has approved relief measures for the telecoms sector, revising limits on spectrum holdings and allowing operators longer to pay for airwaves won at auction, with a view to freeing up funds for investment, improving ease of doing business and allowing for consolidation in the sector, reports TeleGeography.

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

India fines Google for ‘search bias’

India’s antitrust watchdog imposed a 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position, in the latest regulatory setback for the world’s most popular internet search engine, reports Reuters.

  • Thursday, 22 February 2018

Australia acts on mobile number fraud Australia acts on mobile number fraud

Australia has announced telco regulations that prevent fraudsters from hijacking mobile numbers to access personal and financial information, and reduce phone scams, reports ZDNet. “Under the new industry wide measures, telcos will be required to introduce two-factor authentication, such as inputting a code on a website or responding to a text message, before mobile numbers can be transferred from one provider to another.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Bangladesh proposes a single spectrum licence Bangladesh proposes a single spectrum licence

Bangladesh’s government has proposed simplifying regulations by introducing a single spectrum licence for mobile operators to replace separate permits for each mobile technology, notes Mobile World Live, from an item in the Daily Star.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Tuesday, 10 September 2019

New discussion paper on setting standards for Artificial Intelligence

Standards Australia has published a discussion paper ‘Developing Standards for Artificial Intelligence: Hearing Australia’s Voice’, as part of a process to ensure Australian stakeholders stay engaged with the global AI rollout, including AI-based solutions and governance.

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

New Zealand embarks on digital economy plan

A new domain plan to measure New Zealand’s ongoing evolution into a digital nation has been released by Stats NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Government statistician, Liz MacPherson, says that the release of a digital nation domain plan is a step towards “making sure that we’re collecting essential data to track and understand how new and emerging technologies are affecting New Zealand.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

India aims to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt operators India aims to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt operators

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has stepped up its efforts to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt cellco Aircel, demanding that the firm return its airwaves on the basis that the DoT is owed dues from the defunct provider, notes TeleGeography.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Intellectual Property Data Platform free trials

The Intellectual Property Data Platform initiative from IP Australia will enable researchers and policy makers to investigate and interrogate data in a powerful cloud-based analytical environment.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Parents seeking safety in the digital world Parents seeking safety in the digital world

“95% of parents want more information about online safety,” says Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who has conducted research on parenting in the digital age. The first government agency in the world dedicated to online safety, eSafety produced the report ‘Parenting in the digital age’ to explore the experience of parents and carers raising children in a fast-paced connected world.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Australian authority opposes merger on both mobile and broadband grounds Australian authority opposes merger on both mobile and broadband grounds

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided to oppose the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). The ACCC has concluded that it is likely to substantially lessen competition in the supply of mobile services because the merger would preclude TPG entering as the fourth mobile network operator in Australia.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 15 April 2019

ACMA Communications report ACMA Communications report

The ACMA Communications report 2017–18 has confirmed the fast pace of changes in Australia’s communications and media landscape.

  • Monday, 18 March 2019

Review of Australian Defamation Act Review of Australian Defamation Act

A report of the statutory review of the Defamation Act 2005 (the Act), which implements the Model Defamation Provisions (MDP) in NSW has covered key issues pertaining to Australian defamation law.

  • Monday, 18 March 2019

India turns down proposal for free data for the poor India turns down proposal for free data for the poor

The Indian government has turned down a proposal to offer free data to the poor, with the Telecom Commission, the top decision-making body on telecoms matters, refusing to agree to a recommendation made by regulator TRAI.

  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Philippines mandates working at home but ICT needs to catch up Philippines mandates working at home but ICT needs to catch up

The Philippines ICT agency has called on telecoms operators to raise their game to provide more reliable internet connections for workers, after the government passed new regulations allowing employees to work from home, notes Mobile World Live. 

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

India’s regulator speaks on 5G priorities India’s regulator speaks on 5G priorities

India can be a frontrunner in deployment of 5G but much will hinge on bolstering investments in fibre infrastructure, which is currently inadequate and trailing countries like China, RS Sharma, chair of India’s regulator, TRAI, has said at a digital summit meeting.

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Q&A with Chris Chapman Q&A with Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman, President of the IIC and the inaugural Chair of the ACMA – December 2018

  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Australia reaches preliminary views on digital platforms Australia reaches preliminary views on digital platforms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has published preliminary recommendations in its digital platforms inquiry, which is covering Google, Facebook and the Australian news and advertising industries. The report contains 11 preliminary recommendations and eight areas for further analysis as the inquiry continues.

  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Concern over regulatory oversight of Australian consumer complaints body Concern over regulatory oversight of Australian consumer complaints body

Australian telecoms industry group, the Communications Alliance, says it is concerned over a government proposal for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to oversee the complaints body, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO), reports Computerworld.  “Industry has never controlled the TIO – nor should we,” Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

India’s regulator issues OTT consultation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has re-started the debate on regulating over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype by issuing a consultation paper, “Regulatory framework for OTT communication services”. “This consultation paper seeks to analyse and discuss the implications of the growth of OTT services…

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

RadComms 2018: ACMA Chair's opening address

“We expect to see unprecedented innovation in the global communications and media environment driven by accelerating advances in technology. This has the potential to deliver great benefits for the Australian community, but also challenges, as new technologies and platforms test the boundaries of our regulatory frameworks...”

  • Monday, 12 November 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 12 November 2018

Data traffic in India cools scope of OTT consultation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to reduce the scope of consultation for the proposed regulatory framework for over the top (OTT) platforms such as WhatsApp and Skype, according to a report by Live Mint.

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018

New Zealand published issue paper on mobile market

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has released an issues paper calling for submissions on its initial assessment of the mobile market that is being carried out under Section 9A of the Telecommunications Act 2001.

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018

ACCA Mission Trip to Indonesia Sep 5-6

Indonesian regulators from the Ministry of Information and Communication (Kominfo), Bank Indonesia (BI), Financial Services Authority (OJK), and the telecommunications regulator (BRTI), met with industry representatives from the cloud computing industry in various meetings between 5-6 Sep 2018.

  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

India’s regulator advocates tougher data protection India’s regulator advocates tougher data protection

TRAI, India’s telecoms regulator, has said the existing framework for protection of personal data by companies and service providers is insufficient and has recommended stricter rules to tackle data breaches, notes Reuters.

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

Caribbean community to fast-track ‘single ICT space’ Caribbean community to fast-track ‘single ICT space’

Former chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Keith Mitchell, says Caricom is soon to launch a multistakeholder partnership to fast-track specific elements of the “single ICT space”, notes the Jamaica Observer.

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

ACMA Chair addresses Sydney TMF ACMA Chair addresses Sydney TMF

Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin gave a wide-ranging speech at the Telecommunications and Media Forum in Sydney covering some of the major shifts the ACMA expects in the Australian communications landscape over the next four years.

  • Monday, 16 July 2018

Spectrum sharing news from the US and Hong Kong Spectrum sharing news from the US and Hong Kong

A US telecoms official has tipped spectrum sharing to play a key role in the government’s plan to alleviate a shortage of available commercial airwaves in the country, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

India and Europe regulators sign up to net neutrality

RS Sharma, chair of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Johannes Gungl, chair of European regulators body, BEREC, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which they advocate for effective electronic communications regulation.

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

Are Australian consumers paying for Google’s data collection? Are Australian consumers paying for Google’s data collection?

Google is under investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the country’s Privacy Commissioner following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphone users, who unwittingly pay their telecoms service providers for gigabytes consumed by the activity, reports Reuters.

  • Monday, 21 May 2018

Australia’s ACCC issues final market report Australia’s ACCC issues final market report

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published the final report of its communications sector market study, which includes 28 recommendations and actions on competition and consumer issues.

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

Taiwan’s regulator warns on impact of price war Taiwan’s regulator warns on impact of price war

The telecoms regulator in Taiwan has warned that sparking a price war could impair how much operators are willing to invest in new services and networks, including 5G, reports Telecoms Tech.

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

Inquiry into internet competition wraps up

The Innovation, Industry, Science and Resources Committee has completed its report for the Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global internet-based competition.

  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

ACMA Chair addresses CommsDay 2018 Summit

O’Loughlin addressed current and future challenges and opportunities in the industry, how the ACMA is progressing with implementing reforms agreed by the government,...

  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Australia seeks to modernise copyright laws

The Australian Government has announced a review of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 following on from the Productivity Commission’s review and report on Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

Australia kicks off inquiry into wholesale data services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has started a public inquiry to determine whether declaration of the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) remains appropriate in light of changes to the market, including the growth of commercial alternatives available to service providers, new National Broadband Network (NBN) products for business customers, and industry consolidation.

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

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