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Asia Pacific

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This is an area of rapid technological development where the IIC has four active chapters running events and producing reports on trends and challenges in the region.


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

Key speakers on Asia Pacific

Syed Ismail Shah (Dr)

Syed Ismail Shah (Dr)

Talks on Asia Pacific

  • Q&A - Manuel Kohnstamm

    Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global

  • 5G consultation opened in Europe

    The European Commission has opened a consultation on a coordinated introduction of 5G networks in Europe.

  • A joint paper by the French and the German Competition Authority

    A joint paper by the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) and the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) on data and competition, provides background on the approach to data likely to be taken by two of the most active competition authorities in the EU, a blog at Bird & Bird notes.

  • 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.

  • ACCA’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud

    On 22 November 2017, Ms Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the ACCA, presented findings from ACCA’s Asia’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud report at the National Institute for Public Policy and Finance (NIPFP) in New Delhi.

  • 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.

  • Accessibility deal for European public sector websites

    A deal to make public sector websites more accessible – particularly to those with disabilities – has been agreed by the three European Union institutions, notes Ars Technica.

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes April 2018

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

  • APAC Bytes December 2017

    APAC Bytes December 2017 issue

More InterMedia articles on Asia Pacific

  • Going for an Asia-Pacific agenda

    How should we define the digital economy and what are its policy implications? MARI PANGESTU and PETER LOVELOCK provide an Asia-Pacific perspective.

    January 2018, Volume 45 Issue 4

  • Openings for Zero Rating

    Zero rating is a highly controversial aspect of the internet. AUGUSTO PRETA and PENG PENG provide a cost-benefit analysis amid the context of net neutrality.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Stand and deliver

    As the OECD prepares for a ministerial meeting on the digital economy, Jørgen Abild Andersen argues that the highest level of coordination among many government departments is needed to deliver its aims


    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Taking Stock of 5G

    The hype about the next generation of mobile technology is likely to gather pace in the next few years, but currently there is a lot of scepticism about whether it qualifies as an integrated, great leap in progress, as Marc Beishon finds in this round-up
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Dealing with Disruption

    As regulators start to fundamentally review their remits, Chris Chapman, the incoming president of the IIC and chair of Australia’s ACMA, details the extent of digital disruption and possible regulatory response, in this two-part article.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Dark Clouds?

    Are regulations being applied to cloud computing in a way that stimulates innovation, asks Kuan Hon.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Impact of the Sharing Economy

    The modern sharing economy is small but growing - and enabled by the internet. John Ure discusses its possible impact and where regulation may be heading, with particular reference to Asia.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Protect and Roam

    Matt Hatton reviews the main regulatory trends in the world of M2M and the internet of things.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • A TMT Agenda

    H Sama Nwana makes a passionate case for promoting TMT and not just telecoms in Africa – a case that could benefit all developing nations.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Making Access Universal

    Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Video’s Demands

    Trends in internet video services are becoming apparent, and regulatory and competition agencies need to respond, as Augusto preta reports.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Focusing ICT On The New UN Development Goals

    How can ICT best be deployed to advance the new Sustainable Development Goals? M-H Carolyn Nguyen and Paul Mitchell review the history and current position.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Digital Asia

    The goal of promoting digital infrastructure is seeing economic and social progress. peter lovelock takes stock of Asian developments.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Spectrum Clash

    The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Q&A With Deepak Jacob

    President and General Counsel, Star TV group in India
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Making Sense in Singapore

    The challenges of the digital economy are nowhere more apparent than in Asia, as the IIC’s TMF in Singapore explored. Report by CRISTINA MURRONI 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • Radio Crossroads

    Richard Womersley sets the scene for the upcoming world radio conference, where the agenda for mobile spectrum is likely to dominate proceedings.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • News from around the Globe

    Pai was appointed as a commissioner by Barack Obama in 2012. Among his views: “Given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.”

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • News from around the Globe

    We got there in the end: The European Commission makes a big point about ‘roam like at home’, the end of mobile roaming charges in the European Union on 15 June, a ban that has taken ten years to negotiate.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Questions & Answers

    With Syed Shah, chairman of Pakistan’s telecoms authority, PTA.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Questions & Answers

    With Takamiki Nishikawa, senior counsel at Fox Networks Group Japan.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Sydney Sessions

    The IIC’s TMF in Sydney was packed with high-level speakers from a region at the forefront of regulatory issues, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports. 

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

Regulatory Watch articles on Asia Pacific

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • IGA reforms expand ACMA’s powers against prohibited offshore gambling sites

    According to a 12-month report into the ACMA’s actions under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, thirty-three prominent offshore wagering sites have withdrawn from Australian markets over a 12 month period.

  • 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...”

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes Nov 2018

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

  • 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.

  • Broadband price and speed plan ‘on track’ says Malaysian regulator

    A Malaysian government initiative designed to reduce fixed broadband prices while increasing speeds at the same time is on track, according to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), notes TeleGeography.

  • APAC Bytes Oct 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes Sep 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Malaysian minister receptive to reform of comms act and content

    A human rights campaigner has urged the Malaysian government to form a taskforce of officials and concerned citizens for discussions on changes to the Communications and Multimedia Act, reports Free Malaysia Today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes July 2018

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

  • Q&A with Stuart Cunningham

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Revised draft online gambling ad rules released for comment

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a revised draft of proposed restrictions on gambling advertisements during live sport.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • India untethers internet telephony but termination charges still apply

    India’s Department of Telecom has issued a notification on Tuesday saying that internet telephony services are “untethered from the underlying access network”.

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes June 2018

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

  • ACCA Public Policy Dialogue in Bangkok, Thailand (7-8 June 2018)

    A number of Thailand's public sector agencies hosted closed-door industry discussions with technology companies, during a public policy delegation organised by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) in June 2018.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Australia considers extending interception law to OTT

    The Australian attorney-general’s department (AGD) has argued in favour of extending Australia's telecoms interception laws from telcos to over the top providers, reports ZDNet.

  • TRCP Highlights May 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The ACCA’s Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 Launched

    The Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 is the fifth iteration of the Asia Cloud Computing Association’s (ACCA) flagship report.

  • 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.

  • APAC Bytes April 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bureau of Communications and Arts Research releases findings on impact of 5G mobile services

    The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research has released a working paper assessment that details the potential impacts of 5G on Australia’s productivity and growth.

  • 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,...

  • Australia announces ASEAN initiative to promote digital trade

    The Australian Government has announced a joint initiative with the ten countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote digital trade and support inclusive economic growth in our region.

  • New NBN migration complaints-handling rules

    ACMA has released draft  complaints-handling rules designed to improve the experience of consumers moving to the National Broadband Network.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Indian regulator aims for public Wi-Fi rollout using payments model

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is aiming to develop a framework similar to the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to aid the rollout of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the country, notes Live Mint.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thailand talks digital transformation, space and satellite

    IIC Thailand Chapter is committed to facilitate discussions on digital ecosystem and digital transformation to the country and Southeast Asian region.

  • 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.

  • Changes to modernise spectrum management in Australia

    New Government-approved changes will make for a more efficient and transparent management framework in Australia.

  • Notifiable Data Breaches scheme to be effective from February

    Australian agencies and organisations will be obligated by law to report data breaches under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme from 22 February 2018.

  • APAC Bytes February 2018

    APAC Bytes February 2018

  • Malaysia’s Public Sector: Leading Policy Formulation with the Private Sector

    A number of Malaysia’s public sector agencies hosted closed-door industry discussions with technology companies, during a public policy delegation organised by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) visit in late January 2018.

  • The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) Releases an Industry Statement on the Future of Work

    Future-proof technology policies are key to the Asia Pacific region harnessing the future of work, says the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

  • New Zealand resumes backhaul study

    New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has resumed a study into backhaul services, which was put on hold in February 2017 while the government proceeded with its review of the Telecommunications Act.

  • India consults on new telecoms policy

    TRAI, India’s telecoms regulator, has consulted on a new telecoms policy being formulated by the government to attract $100 billion worth of investment in a sector that's going through consolidation amid intense competition, notes Economic Times.

  • Q&A with Yasmin Mahmood

    Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

  • Upcoming changes to copyright duration terms in Australia

    New standard terms of copyright protection for original published and unpublished materials will take effect from 1 January 2019.

  • ACMA completes multiband residual lots auction

    Optus, Telstra, TPG, NBN Co and Vodafone have all secured spectrum that will help them meet the rising demand for mobile and fixed wireless broadband services.

  • Report shows Australian demand for digital connectivity at an all-time high

    Findings from the ACMA’s Communications report 2016-17 show that Australia’s demand for online content and services continues to grow unabatedly.

  • New laws for data breach reporting in Australia commence in February

    Under new laws, organisations regulated by the Privacy Act 1988 will be required to notify any individuals likely to be at risk of “serious harm” as a result of a data breach from 22 February 2018.

  • ACMA introduces new regulations to support intelligent transport systems

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority have introduced new regulations permitting the use of intelligent transport systems (ITS)...

  • APAC Bytes January 2018

    APAC Bytes January 2018 issue

  • ACCA’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud

    On 22 November 2017, Ms Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the ACCA, presented findings from ACCA’s Asia’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud report at the National Institute for Public Policy and Finance (NIPFP) in New Delhi.

  • APAC Bytes December 2017

    APAC Bytes December 2017 issue

  • India’s TRAI supports net neutrality in latest recommendations

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come out in strong support of net neutrality in a series of recommendations following a long process of consultation on the issue, reports The Hindu.

  • Australia opens inquiry into digital platforms

    Australia’s government has directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to start an inquiry into digital platform providers such as Facebook and Google.

  • China sends out digital economy signals

    China is willing to deepen global cooperation in the digital economy to gain new momentum and expand global economic growth, the head of the country’s internet regulatory body has said.

  • Australia highlights broadband consumer concerns

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a draft report detailing its market study of the communications sector, which includes 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and consumer issues in communications markets.

  • Australia’s chief scientists calls for AI regulatory framework; ACCC keeping tabs

    Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel, has called on governments and businesses across the world to consider developing a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence devices, ranging from the likes of Apple's Siri to weaponised drones, reports the Australian Financial Review.

  • Australia decides not to mandate mobile roaming

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to “declare” (mandate) domestic mobile roaming. However, it says it has identified a range of regulatory and policy measures that could improve inadequate mobile phone coverage and poor quality of service in regional Australia.

  • Economics of Australia’s national broadband network in doubt

    The CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company, Bill Morrow, has confirmed what the industry has been saying for years: that the network builder’s economic model is broken and that – under current conditions – it may never turn a profit, report IT News.

  • Report on good regulatory design

    Regulations help governments support economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection. The challenge is to design clear, coherent and efficient regulations and to effectively implement them, according to a report by the OECD and the Korea Development Institute, which is about facilitating good regulatory design and implementation.

  • Australia tunes up for 5G

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority has used a “spectrum tune-up” meeting to propose an accelerated process for considering releases in the millimetre wave spectrum for 5G broadband, and has released a consultation paper on the topic.

  • New Zealand introduces updated telecoms act

    New Zealand’s Communications Minister Simon Bridges has introduced a bill to update the country’s telecoms act with a focus on increasing regulatory oversight and improving service quality, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Mapping digital financial inclusion

    The Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) report for 2017 evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services by underserved people across 26 geographically, politically and economically diverse countries.

  • Thailand should focus on digital economy, says Internet Society director

    Thailand needs to upgrade the National Broadcasting and Telecom Commission (NBTC) to focus more on coordinating various elements of the digital economy and society, says Rajnesh Singh, director for Asia-Pacific of the Internet Society, as the Nation reports.

  • Voice calling apps in India may no longer be an issue

    A boost in data usage from the use of voice calling apps may mean the long-running debate into their regulation in India may turn out to be a “non-issue”, a source at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) told The Economic Times.

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