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Competition Policy

Where are the modern monopolies? Does the communications regulator have a role in regulating them? Our members address the challenges facing policy makers and regulators discussing questions such as 'should categories of broadcasting content on free to air television such as news and current affairs or local language content be sheltered, by whom and with what'? Competition investigations into alleged abuse of dominance are rife all over the world. Vertical as well as horizontal competition challenges abound, including those created by increasing consolidation. We regularly include speakers from specialist legal advisors in this field who have a wealth of sector and geographical experience to share with participants.

Q&A With Adriana Labardini Q&A With Adriana Labardini

Commissioner, Mexico’s IFT

Commissioner, Mexico’s IFT
January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Monday, 13 March 2017

Key speakers on Competition Policy

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

Agustin Diaz-Pines

Agustin Diaz-Pines

Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai

Alan Knott-Craig Jr.

Alan Knott-Craig Jr.

Alison Gillwald (PhD)

Alison Gillwald (PhD)

André Merigoux

André Merigoux

Talks on Competition Policy

  • Broadband targets

    Balancing investment predictability, competition and consumer choice to get every European digital. This talk took place on Tuesday 17th March 2015 as part of the IIC Telecommunications & Media Forum in Brussels.

  • Consolidation & Competition

    Objectives versus realities in a converged environment. What's best for public interest?

  • Content futures, consolidation and the new converged ecosystem

    This talk took place on Thursday 19th May 2016 as part of the IIC Telecommunications & Media Forum in Miami.

  • Delivering Connectivity

    Sustainable financing models; impact of competition and consolidation; progress with accessibility and affordability. This talk took place on Wednesday 27th May 2015 as part of the IIC Telecommunications & Media Forum in Miami.

  • Demand stimulation

    This talk took place on Thursday 19th May 2016 as part of the IIC Telecommunications & Media Forum in Miami.

  • Friendly foes

    How can network operators and service providers settle value for their wares in a converged world, where services are network agnostic? sumit sharma presents a bargaining framework that could unite all players in a ‘game’
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • News from the Asia Pacific Region

    Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacific region

  • OTT media convergence models

    Is competition delivering good consumer outcomes? Is the level-playing field debate being overplayed?

  • Q&A With Adriana Labardini

    Commissioner, Mexico’s IFT
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Q&A with Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai

    President, Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar (CRA)

  • Tackling piracy and IP protection in the region

    This talk took place on Thursday 19th May 2016 as part of the IIC Telecommunications & Media Forum in Miami. Read
    Tackling piracy and IP protection in the region

More InterMedia articles on Competition Policy

  • Taming the oligopolists

    Sumit Sharma extends the argument for using competition policy rather than regulation for convergent networks by looking at oligopoly models.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Friendly foes

    How can network operators and service providers settle value for their wares in a converged world, where services are network agnostic? sumit sharma presents a bargaining framework that could unite all players in a ‘game’
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Platforms of Power

    The rise of content and media intermediaries such as Google and Facebook as digital gatekeepers raises major policy and regulation concerns, writes Robin Mansell.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Moral Fibre

    Should policymakers 'do what is right' and promote all-fibre broadband networks? Catherine Middleton weighs up the arguments

    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Voyage of discovery

    Jean-Pierre Blais reports from Canada on 'discoverability' and the paradox of finding good television content in an age of seeming abundance
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Searching For The Creative Economy

    Ian Hargreaves  pieces together projects and evidence that are defining a crucial, technology driven sector of the economy.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • The meaning of net neutrality

    The dust has finally begun to settle on the new US and European net neutrality laws. Richard Feasey compares and contrasts
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • A Tipping Point For Regulation

    With the rise of OTT there's no doubt we are in the midst of transition in telecoms markets - but how best to respond, asks Brian Williamson.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Competition and Big Data

    The legal highlights of a joint report by the French and German competition authorities on the use of data are discussed by Tim Cowen.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Europe in the Round (Part 2)

    Peter Alexiadis concludes his tour of the trade-offs inherent in communications regulation.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • 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

  • Q&A With Adriana Labardini

    Commissioner, Mexico’s IFT
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • 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

  • The Agenda for Europe

    GEORG SERENTSCHY sets out the agenda for Europe in 2017, which looks likely to be critical in developing aspirations for the digital single market.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

Regulatory Watch articles on Competition Policy

  • Germany’s regulator steps up pressure on ISP performance

    German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), has outlined plans to hold ISPs accountable for when customers should be compensated for not receiving promised broadband speeds, reports

  • Spain relaxes rules on mobile virtual operators

    Spanish competition regulator, CNMC, has approved the deregulation of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market in the country, a decision which removes access obligations placed on operators in 2006, notes Mobile World Live.

  • EU to give more teeth to national antitrust regulators

    EU antitrust regulators are proposing to give national watchdogs in the 28-country bloc more power to crack down on anti-competitive practices and also to ward off political interference, reports Reuters.

  • Europe consults on updating SMP guidelines

    The European Commission has opened a consultation on the review of the significant market power (SMP) guidelines of 2002 in preparing for the new electronic communications code. The guidelines set out principles for use by national telecoms regulators under the current European regulatory framework...

  • Award for Australia’s competition authority, plus broadband monitoring

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been given an award by the World Bank and International Competition Network (ICN) for its role in elevating competition policy to the national economic agenda.

  • C&W Caribbean head criticises incumbent regulation

    Cable & Wireless Caribbean president Garry Sinclair has complained that it is unfair for his company to have to operate in an ‘anachronistic’ environment under the Barbados telecommunications act, which only regulates fixed voice services,...

  • Europe’s competition chief warns on algorithms

    Europe’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has warned companies against using algorithms to block rivals or form cartels, saying she may slap heftier fines on them if they use such software to commit wrongdoing, Reuters reports.

  • France grades mobile coverage

    Starting this summer, Arcep, the French regulator, will require mobile operators to publish coverage maps that distinguish those areas with very good coverage, good coverage, limited coverage and no coverage for mobile calling and SMS texts.

  • Internet players lobby for net neutrality in the US

    Major technology firms represented by the Internet Association (IA) have expressed ‘vigorous support’ for net neutrality, as the lobby group urged FCC chairman Ajit Pai to keep the country’s current laws intact, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Europe and India discuss common regulatory themes

    The European regulators’ body, BEREC, organises an international mission to a country outside the EU each year, to get insights regarding the country’s electronic communications and digital markets and to promote bilateral relations.

  • One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake – OECD

    Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a OECD report.

  • FCC looks at text messaging and the open internet

    The US FCC is weighing the benefits of protecting SMS text messaging under the Title II open internet rules, versus continuing to protect consumers from a potential bombardment of unwanted texts, notes JD Supra.

  • Canada rules on downstream resellers

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a regulatory policy imposing new direct regulatory obligations on telecoms service providers (TSPs) in Canada, notes the Canadian Tech Law blog.

  • Ireland’s regulator in the spotlight

    “Regulation – much like death and taxes – is inevitable and in protecting citizens and industry, ComReg will have to change its game,” writes John Kennedy in Silicon Republic, commenting on Ireland’s regulator.

  • BEREC head warns that Europe’s framework lacks ‘agility and certainty’

    Sébastien Soriano, head of French regulator, Arcep, and current of the European regulators body, BEREC, took time at the recent Mobile World Congress to express BEREC’s views on the ongoing review of the regulatory framework and to share BEREC’s commitment to facilitate the implementation of European digital policy,...

  • FCC is studying media ownership rules

    FCC chairman Ajit Pai has said that the agency is studying restrictions on media ownership, characterising a number of the rules as “quite antiquated”. In an interview with Variety, Pai said that an easing of such restrictions “is one of the issues that is under consideration”.

  • Mobile concerns and more in the Czech Republic

    Czech political parties have agreed to fast-track a new telecoms bill before elections in October that could reduce mobile phone bills for consumers, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said, as reported by Reuters.

  • India consults on mergers; disagrees on industry ‘health’

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking views from stakeholders on identifying obstacles in the current regulations hindering mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms sector, along with those complicating allotment, sharing and trading of airwaves, reports the Economic Times.

  • South Africa’s ISP concerns; proposal on IT white paper

    The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), a body that represents many of South Africa’s ISPs, has accused communications regulator Icasa of ignoring a policy directive from telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele over competition in broadband, reports TechCentral.

  • Deal to devolve UK’s Openreach now in place

    The biggest reform of the UK’s wholesale network, Openreach, is set to conclude after parent company BT agreed to regulator Ofcom’s requirements for the legal separation of its network division.

  • New net neutrality law in the US ‘in three months’

    The US Congress could be discussing net neutrality legislation within three months, replacing controversial FCC-created regulations, according to an academic with the ear of the administration, reports the Register.

  • Ex-FCC head speaks on regulatory affairs

    In an interview in Marketplace, the recent FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, was asked about regulations he created. Says Wheeler: “Well, I think it's really important that we have protected a fast, fair, and open internet. And the question now becomes: how will the new administration respond to that? Will they say, ‘OK,..."

  • France’s regulator warns that convergence harms investment

    The head of the French telecoms regulator has warned that the growing trend for mobile operators to offer bundles of telecoms and TV services across Europe risks harming investment in their networks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Netherlands proposes merger powers

    The Dutch government has proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecoms sector, reports Reuters. In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry said telecoms, including data hosting centres and other internet infrastructure, is vital to national security...

  • FCC’s Ajit Pai – early moves

    New US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has formally closed investigations into zero-rated services offered by mobile giants AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, notes TeleGeography. “The two telcos stood accused of violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules..."

  • Content and mobile roaming in Europe

    Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to an agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the member states and the European Commission.

  • India recommends infrastructure sharing

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended it should be mandatory for telecoms operators and tower firms to share in-building infrastructure in residential and commercial complexes and large public places like malls, hotels and airports...

  • Europe’s smaller operators stress that regulation must not favour incumbents

    The European Commission has adopted the “Building the European data economy" package consisting of a communication and a staff working document, policy documents that aim to inform stakeholders on a consultation on the European data economy.

  • Spain to collect copying levy

    The Spanish government is preparing to include cloud storage, smartphones, tablets and hard drives in a new private copy levy designed to replace the previous “digital canon” declared illegal...

  • Taiwan’s regulator proposes SMP rule changes

    Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has proposed regulations that would enhance its power to determine what entities would become “significant market powers” (SMPs), while allowing carriers to use frequencies more flexibly, the Taipei Times reports.

  • Hungary uses net neutrality rules to ban zero rating

    Hungary’s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has invoked the EU net neutrality rules to order the country’s largest fixed and mobile operator Magyar Telekom to cease zero rating selected over the top (OTT) internet video services for its mobile users, reports TeleGeography.

  • Costa Rica to remove price regulation in four markets

    Costa Rica's Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) has confirmed that it will be removing all price regulations in four markets because its intervention is no longer necessary due to effective competition, notes Telecompaper.

  • Australia proposes changes to its universal service obligation

    Australia’s Productivity Commission has recommended what it has termed “a modernised and forward-looking approach to the subsidy and support arrangements that form universal telecommunications services in Australia”, notes TeleGeography.

  • Court decision on Uber expected in March

    A legal decision which has potential ramifications for Uber, technology firms, the digital economy and many thousands of taxi drivers is expected no sooner than March at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), reports Ars Technica,...

  • Europe makes more moves on roaming

    The European Council has agreed on a solution to end roaming fees in 2017 while lessening the impact on mobile operators, reports EurActiv. But consumer organisations have warned that operators may hike domestic prices as compensation,...

  • Bulgaria decides on telephone markets

    Bulgaria's telecom authority, CRC, has adopted a final decision on the definition, analysis and assessment of three markets: access to the public telephone network at a fixed location for residential and business consumers; publicly available national telephone services provided at a fixed location for residential and business consumers;...

  • Regional roaming in Africa detailed in ITU report

    Following the launch of the ITU ‘Let's roam the world’ initiative that builds on previous work on international mobile roaming, a new report on the ONA (One Network Area) in East Africa initiative that shows that despite price reductions, and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies and calling solutions, prices are still high...

  • Brexit could mean tougher merger policy in the UK

    British regulators should be given wider powers to block mergers, particularly if a company has strategic significance, after the country’s exit from the European Union, Sharon White, head of regulator Ofcom has said. Reuters reports...

  • Nigeria shapes up for spectrum trading

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced moves to develop a clear-cut framework and guidelines that will usher in a secondary market for spectrum trading in the country, reports.

  • Ofcom’s plans for the wholesale market

    Ofcom says it is proceeding to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, “after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address our competition concerns”. Openreach is the division of BT Group that develops and maintains the UK’s main telecoms network.

  • Sweden’s regulator orders duct sharing for community association

    Sweden’s Post & Telecom Agency (PTS) has ordered incumbent telco Telia to provide access to its cabling ducts to allow a community association to deploy its own fibre broadband network, in the first settlement dispute under a new law...

  • UK advertising regulator to rule on internet speed claims

    UK broadband companies will be made to change the way they advertise their internet speeds, under regulator plans, notes the BBC. “The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of speeds ‘up to’ a certain amount are confusing...

  • FCC ‘concerned’ about AT&T’s zero rating

    The FCC has zeroed in on AT&T’s practice of zero rating, expressing “serious concerns” it has about AT&T's practice of exempting its own streaming-video services from wireless customers' mobile data allotments,...

  • Singapore kicks off Li-Fi light-based trials

    Singapore’s regulator, IMDA, is waiving frequency fees associated with Li-Fi (light fidelity) trials to encourage technical trials of this technology. Li-Fi is a light-based communication technology “that has the potential to provide a new layer of wireless connectivity...

  • Over the top could be regulated in Paraguay

    Paraguay is preparing a new law to regulate the country’s growing internet-based TV services, specifically targeting the taxation of over the top (OTT) operators, Rapid TV News reported recently.

  • South Africa’s ICT paper makes waves with national wireless infrastructure plan

    The South African government has approved its ICT Policy white paper, which has been in development since 2012, with the document outlining the establishment of a wireless open access network (OAN), reports TeleGeography.

  • Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision that it will continue to regulate the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years. It considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is complete.

  • Ireland’s Eir hits back at universal obligation

    Ireland’s former state operator, Eir, has brought a legal challenge against a decision by regulator ComReg which it says “significantly constrains its ability to freely conduct its business affairs” and its ability to compete with other communication services providers, reports the Irish Examiner.

  • Ofcom moves to help small businesses choose broadband

    UK businesses will receive more accurate and reliable information on broadband speeds before they sign up to a contract, under new protections that have come into force. As part of a new Ofcom Code, providers also have to commit to resolve any problems that businesses have with broadband speeds effectively, and allow customers to exit their contract at any point if speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level.

  • Zero-rating ban in the Netherlands comes under fire

    Strict net neutrality rules recently adopted by the Netherlands are jeopardising the development of the digital single market (DSM), the mobile body, the GSMA, has warned. As Total Telecom reports, amendments to the Telecommunications Act that ban zero rating – where usage of a certain service or category of services does not count against a customer's data allowance – have been passed by the Dutch Senate.

  • WiFi and LTE agree to move ahead without regulation

    A ‘minor miracle’ occurred recently when the Wifi Alliance announced a testing plan for coexistence between WiFi and LTE over unlicensed spectrum, writes Roslyn Layton in Forbes. “The episode illustrates that competing parties can find a mutual agreement without litigation or regulation, even in instances of sharing fiercely loved resources such as unlicensed spectrum.

  • Canada’s regulator gets tough on wholesale charges

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is setting revised interim rates for existing wholesale high-speed access services that the large cable and telephone companies charge competitors. The CRTC had directed the large companies to file new tariffs for these aggregated wholesale high-speed access services after it launched a proceeding to examine issues associated with these rates.

  • Telenor wades into UK broadband debate

    Norway’s Telenor has warned the UK regulator Ofcom that pursuing a ‘legal separation’ of BT and its Openreach unit is a ‘dead end’, in a sign that European telecoms companies fear Britain could set a dangerous precedent for the sector, a story in the Financial Times reports.

  • Committee is critical on geo-blocking and roaming progress in Europe

    The EU has not delivered on its promise to abolish obstacles to the free movement of goods and services for consumers, says the European Economic and Social Committee, ‘Europe's voice for civil society’, in three opinions on geo-blocking, roaming and parcel delivery – and concludes that Europe ‘can do better’ in making the single market a reality for consumers.

  • Brazil supports Latin America regulator dialogue; operator wants level playing field; value of investments

    The president of Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Juarez Quadros, has spoken out in favour of increased dialogue between regulators in Latin America, in light of needs arising from technological developments, reports Telecom Paper.

  • Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper (Copy) (Copy)

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision that it will continue to regulate the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years. It considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is complete.

  • FCC receives zero-rating complaints; BEREC is lobbied

    The FCC has received more than 100,000 complaints from Americans calling on the regulator to take strong enforcement action if and when companies violate the FCC's Open Internet Order with zero-rating schemes. 

  • OECD ministerial meeting is launchpad for ‘One Internet’ report

    One Internet, the final report and recommendations of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, was released at the OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy in Cancún, Mexico, in June.

  • Competition barriers in South Africa

    "The structure of South Africa's economy welcomes few entrants. It is highly concentrated with insiders firmly entrenched. Widening access to the economy, according to the results of a set of studies released this week, will require a concerted and collaborative effort by the government to alter the economic landscape, remove barriers to entry, enhance competition and foster inclusive growth."

  • New Zealand published utility-style options paper

    New Zealand has issued an options paper on its ongoing review of its telecoms act. It provides more detail on the proposed 'utility-style' regulatory framework for fixed line communication services and communications minister, Amy Adams.

  • Dutch regulator warns on net neutrality; will relax fixed line market

    The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is warning telecoms companies that the new European rules on net neutrality must be applied correctly.

  • Belgium fines Skype for ‘escaping’ telecoms rules

    The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has fined VoIP operator Skype 223,454 euro for its failure to identify itself as a provider of electronic communications services via its SkypeOut service, notes TeleGeography.

  • FCC first to open up high frequencies

    The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband

  • 5G manifesto calls for relaxation in net neutrality

    In a 5G manifesto, a group of European telecoms service providers and equipment manufacturers have called for a relaxation of net neutrality rules, reports TeleGeography.

  • Italian regulator looks at OTT services; broadband plan approved

    Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has published the results of a study into electronic communications services, and in particular over the top (OTT) social messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, notes TeleGeography.

  • Commission accepts Germany’s vectoring plans

    The European Commission has accepted the German regulator's proposal to allow Deutsche Telekom to roll out VDSL vectoring, after Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) made changes to the wholesale regulations, notes Telecompaper.

  • Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision that it will continue to regulate the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years.

  • Commission’s leak reveals faster broadband target

    The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 Mbits/s by 2025 and is calling for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by

  • US net neutrality opponents lose in court

    A US federal appeals court has voted to uphold the FCC's net neutrality rules, reports the Washington Post.

  • Ghana establishes interconnect clearinghouse

    Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) has amended the draft electronic communications (interconnect clearinghouse) regulations of 2016, which will require telcos and international carriers to connect their gateways through a third party centralised clearinghouse, notes TeleGeography.

  • BEREC issues net neutrality recommendations

    The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has published draft guidelines on the implementation by regulators of new EU net neutrality rules and is seeking the views of stakeholders, with the consultation closing on 18 July.

  • EU proposes wholesale roaming rate cuts

    The European Union has proposed cutting the wholesale roaming rates that telecoms operators pay each other when customers use their mobile phones abroad to pave the way for the abolition of retail roaming charges by summer next year, reports Reuters.

  • French regulator makes digital economy contributions

    France's communications regulator, Arcep, has contributed to the work being done by France Stratégie, which is weighing up the challenges the country will face over the next ten years, and especially the digital challenges that affect businesses, public authorities and society as a whole.

  • 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.

  • India – confusion on net neutrality?

    To say there is confusion over net neutrality in India "would be an understatement", reports Business Standard.

  • Mobile consolidation in Europe ‘on hold’?

    Orange has ruled out the possibility of cross-border and big in-country consolidation in Europe's telecoms industry for up to two years, arguing that antitrust authorities in Brussels had "put a hold" on any such hopes, reports the Financial Times.

  • White House produces new big data report

    The US government has released 'Big data: a report on algorithmic systems, opportunity, and civil rights', which "charts pathways for fairness and opportunity but also cautions against re-encoding bias and discrimination into algorithmic systems".

  • China’s fourth telecoms player

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) has granted a telecoms licence to China Broadcasting Network (CBN), creating a fourth player, but the move is unlikely to speed up broadcasting-telecoms network convergence in the country, reports Mobile World Live.

  • FCC passes ‘special access’ framework

    Competitive telecoms providers like T-Mobile and Sprint received a big boost last week when the FCC voted to ban certain contractual practices with historically entrenched companies such as AT&T and Verizon, notes Morning Consult.

  • Canada upholds wholesale fibre regulation

    Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, science and economic development, has upheld the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to extend wholesale broadband regulation to fibre to the home.

  • OECD updates international roaming progress

    The OECD has published 'Developments in international mobile roaming', a report that describes progress on an OECD recommendation from 2012 on policy principles "to ensure effective competition, consumer awareness and protection, and a fair price level in international roaming services".

  • German regulator subject to vectoring investigation

    The European Commission has opened an investigation of the German telecoms regulator's (BNetzA's) intention to allow Deutsche Telekom to upgrade its network with vectoring technology in areas close to DT's exchanges, where this was previously prohibited by the regulator.

  • Indian court backs operators over dropped calls

    India's supreme court has sided with operators in the legal battle over the regulations requiring them to compensate customers for dropped calls, reports Telecom Asia.

  • Commission states reasons for blocking UK O2-Three mobile merger

    The European Commission has blocked the proposed acquisition of O2 in the UK by Hutchison, under the EU merger regulation.

  • Commission finds Google in breach of competition law

    The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, "abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators".

  • Obama weighs in on set-top boxes

    Barack Obama is demanding better, cheaper versions of the cable boxes that millions of Americans use to browse their pay-TV channels, in hopes of enhancing competition, reports the Washington Post.

  • Portugal enforces mobile coverage conditions

    In a decision of 7 April 2016, Portuguese telecoms regulator Anacom rejected full-service operator Nos's appeal against the watchdog's previous decision of 10 March 2016, which effectively brought into force the full gamut of 4G service coverage obligations for all holders of 800 MHz mobile licences auctioned in December 2011, reports TeleGeography.

  • ITU updates regulatory report

    The latest edition of ITU's annual global ICT regulatory report, Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2016, "charts and analyses the challenges and opportunities facing today's ICT regulators as services proliferate, platforms converge and network operators ready their infrastructure for the next round of data-intensive technologies, from 5G mobile to the internet of things (IoT)".

  • German MEPs in dispute with their country’s regulator

    Thirteen German MEPs have sent a "blistering letter" to EU digital commissioner Günther Oettinger "slamming the German telecoms authority's decision to allow the controversial vectoring technology on copper broadband networks", reports EurActiv.

  • Uber and co not special cases

    A commentary on the Harvard Business Review site considers that although many online platform businesses, such as Uber and Airbnb, "have so far had a pretty easy ride when it comes to regulation, "these businesses have not redefined industries in a fundamental way; instead they are 'old wines in new bottles'.

  • Ad blockers get slammed but malicious ads exist

    An “unethical, immoral, mendacious coven of techie wannabes” – that is how Randall Rothenberg, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, describes ad-blocking companies, reports the Financial Times.

  • Ofcom releases first results of strategic review

    Ofcom, the UK’s regulator, has set out how it plans to improve telecoms quality and coverage in initial conclusions from its strategic review of digital communications, started last year.

  • Sweden’s low prices; market day in April

    Swedish postal and telecoms regulator, PTS, has reported that the prices in Sweden for telephony and broadband are low compared with the rest of the world.

  • Agreement reached on infrastructure sharing in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe's telecoms companies have agreed to the government's infrastructure sharing policy to lower the cost of network deployment, reports AllAfrica.

  • Latest on Europe’s digital economy

    The European Commission has published the 2016 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which shows that member states have made progress in connectivity, digital skills and public services. 

  • Norway updates its competition act

    Norway’s parliament has passed a package of amendments to its competition act, according to the blog, Nordic Competition.

  • South Korean operators baulk at high spectrum prices

    South Korea’s three mobile network operators – SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus – are said to be forming a silent alliance in response to the government’s decision to set the largest-ever reserve price for the spectrum auction due to be conducted next month, reports TeleGeography.

  • Germany wants ‘less regulation and more autonomy’ from Europe

    A leaked position paper from the German government obtained by EurActiv shows that Germany “wants less regulation and to boost investment in telecoms networks as fast as possible…

  • Abandon legislative silos in Europe, report says

    Europe needs to abandon its separate legislative silos for the internet, audiovisual media and electronic communications and replace them with one regulatory framework for all digital infrastructures and another one for all digital services, to ensure a level-playing field in the digital value chain, says a report from the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).

  • Ad blockers get slammed but malicious ads exist

    An “unethical, immoral, mendacious coven of techie wannabes” – that is how Randall Rothenberg, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, describes ad-blocking companies, reports the Financial Times.

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