IIC members discuss sustainable investment models, public private partnerships, progress with broadband plans and multi-sector, intelligent coordination. Debate continues around the best way to incentivise innovation and investment whilst delivering audience protection and plurality in a world where converged communications are changing the rules.
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.
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.
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As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop. Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK
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
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
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
Should we be striving for the ‘level playing field’ with regulation of innovative, next-generation communications? Brian Williamson makes a strong case for setting them free. October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03
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
Can broadcasting make the step into an increasingly mobile world? Roland Beutler discusses technology and business models in the context of public service remits, mobile network operators and the new world of 5G. October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03
Connected and autonomous vehicles will be leading users of the internet of things and 5G technologies. But almost all of today’s societal and regulatory issues will converge on road transport, as Julian McGougan reports.
Telecoms operators have missed the platforms boat but hope to regain ground with network virtualisation. RICHARD FEASEY discusses the technology and regulatory implications of a powerful but potentially double-edged movement.
Stuart Brotman puts forward an index that captures the ‘vitality’ of broadband internet ecosystems in five countries, and which could be a benchmarking model. June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02
Roaming price cuts in southern Africa
Mobile operators in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed to reduce roaming tariffs as part of a pilot roaming project, which will commence among all operators in the four countries by 1 September, reports New Era in Namibia Read
Regulatory Watch articles on Innovation & Investment
The Indian government has announced that it is fast-tracking a policy on the usage of high frequency spectrum bands to ensure that the regulations are in place in time for the nation’s operators to use the airwaves for 5G technology, writes TeleGeography.
A new World Bank regional report, ‘Reaping digital dividends’ argues that digital dividends have the potential to be the driving force of poverty reduction and shared prosperity in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.
The European Parliament has approved plans for coordination of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband services across the EU by 2020, notes Mobile World Live. The vote covers the use of the UHF (470MHz to 790MHz) band across the economic bloc...
The UK science and technology committee in the Lords has issued a report on connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It says the government is too focused on highly-automated private road vehicles (“driverless cars”),...
Slovak regulator, RU, is decreasing by 75% the fee for using radio frequencies in municipalities designated as white spots within its broadband programme, notes Telecompaper. “An operator which decides to cover such a municipality will save on costs associated with operation of a transmitter.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has hired consultants PwC to carry out an impact assessment on the interconnect regime, reports Biztech Africa. The NCC’s chair, Umar Danbatta, speaking at a stakeholder forum, said the review had become necessary in view of the changes in the sector.
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.
Austria’s Telecom Control Commission (TKK) has published a draft decision on developing the regulatory framework for broadband expansion across the country, notes TeleGeography. “The regulator’s proposed decision has a particular focus on the framework for vectoring technology,...
South Africa’s Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services believes it has won widespread support from ICT sector for its wholesale open-access network proposal for radio spectrum and that the emphasis has shifted to how the policy will be implemented, reports Business Day.
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.
The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission has launched a call for evidence to shape the development of a study to identify which new technologies have the greatest potential for improving the productivity of infrastructure, and what steps government should take to support the deployment of these technologies.
Almost half of mobile phone users worldwide still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. Its new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services,...
Elisa and Nokia are the first in the Nordics to test the prioritisation of government services in a commercial 4G network. The test simulated the functionality of critical communication services of public authorities during mobile network congestion.
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..."
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.
The obligations of Iran’s ministry of communications and information technology have been set out as part of a five-year economic, social and cultural development plan (2016-2021), reports the Financial Tribune, an Iranian economic newspaper.
The company building and operating Australia’s broadband network – known as nbn – is aiming for it to be almost 50% complete by 30 June 2017, when it will target a total of 5.4 million homes and businesses.
Make The Air Fair, an initiative established to urge UK regulator Ofcom to curb BT’s dominance of the mobile industry, has received support from more than 100,000 people for a proposed cap on the amount of spectrum operators can own, repots Mobile World Live.
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.
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, even as technology gradually takes over the task” – that’s the message US safety regulators have delivered after closing an investigation into a fatal Tesla crash in Florida last year involving the vehicle’s Autopilot system, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Chinese government has renewed calls for private investment in the country's telecoms firms as it encourages them to cut fees and other costs and become more competitive in offering internet-related services, reports Reuters.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published another consultation paper on net neutrality, inviting stakeholders to provide their views on issues relating to the establishment of a comprehensive framework for non-discriminatory access to the internet, notes TeleGeography.
The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connected vehicles, report EurActiv.
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,...
France’s regulator, Arcep, says it is taking another step towards crowdsourcing to reflect users’ experience as accurately as possible, as part of a data-centric approach to regulation. It says it has decided to bring changes to its scoreboards...
The EU’s Council of Ministers has issued conclusions on mainstreaming digital solutions and technologies in EU development policy, as adopted by the Council at a meeting held on 28 November. It says the exponential spread and scale-up of information and communication technologies (ICT), including the internet, have “profound global implications”,...
EU member states have given their backing for the WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to bring WiFi to public areas. At a meeting of the Telecoms Council, EU ministers approved a partial general approach on the European Commission's proposal...
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.
Oman’s telecoms regulator has invited operators to apply for the sultanate’s third mobile licence, notes Global Telecoms Business. The winner will complete against state-owned Omantel and Qatar-based Ooredoo.
The European Commission has found the French national broadband scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme involves investments of 13 billion euro and aims to bring very high speed broadband everywhere in France without unduly distorting competition.
Mobile industry body, the GSMA, has called on governments and regulators to commit to supporting the needs of 5G in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). “Although the mobile industry, academic institutions and international standards-making bodies are developing the technologies central to 5G, success will depend heavily on affordable access to the necessary amount of spectrum,” says John Giusti, chief regulatory officer, GSMA.
Singapore fibre start-up MyRepublic and Australian telco TPG Telecom have been given the nod to proceed to the auction phase of the upcoming race to become Singapore’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), reports TeleGeography.
Confronting the dangers posed by the internet of things – as demonstrated by the 21 October Mirai DDoS attack – members of the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee have held a hearing that examined the feasibility of regulating IoT devices, reports SC Media.
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...
Nigeria’s government and private sectors have made a pitch to foreign investors at the 2016 ITU’s conference, Telecoms World, where they presented the country’s developments in ICT opportunities for future investment, reports Naija247 News.
China has passed a sweeping law tightening restrictions on internet freedoms, a move that foreign businesses say threatens to shut them out of one of the world’s biggest technology markets, reports the Financial Times.
The Obama White House has released a report on future directions and considerations for artificial intelligence (AI), called ‘Preparing for the future of artificial intelligence’. The report surveys the current state of AI, its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raise for society and public policy.
Singapore's new converged telecoms and media regulator, the Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA), has now been launched, reports Telecom Asia. “The new agency has been tasked with helping Singapore seize opportunities in the converging telecoms and media sectors ...”
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.
The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web. As the authors say: “The new regulations are meant to support several of the Commission’s far-reaching strategic connectivity objectives...
A few dozen cities in America have next-generation broadband networks that offer speeds of 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than a typical connection, an article in Vox notes. “These super-fast connections were supposed to revolutionise Americans’ experience of the internet and rev up the country’s non-competitive broadband market.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the cybersecurity body, has issued a report on the root causes of incidents and an aggregated level at which services and network assets are impacted. Incidents are reported on an annual basis by telecom regulators under Article 13a of the Framework Directive (2009/140/EC) to ENISA and the European Commission.
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.
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.
The potential of the internet of things (IoT) is said to have ‘advanced significantly’ as oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications, Release 2.
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.
The Global Information Technology Report 2016 from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in ICT.
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.
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 EurActiv.com.
Mobile operators will now pay excise duty on all M-Pesa commissions in Tanzania, reports AllAfrica. "Unveiling his 2016/2017 national budget, finance and planning minister, Philip Mpango, said a new 10% excise duty on mobile money transactions will apply for both sending and receiving transactions.
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the draft of a new universal service obligation (USO) fund rule, which will charge TV operators a progressive rate based on actual revenue, reports the Bangkok Post.
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 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.
Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved a regulation to ensure access to telecoms services and equipment for people with hearing, visual, motor and cognitive disabilities on an equal basis with others, both in urban and rural areas, notes Telecom Paper.
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 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.
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.
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".
Reuters reports that South Africa aims to double its mobile broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2019, according to the country's telecoms minister, who added that the government wants to reduce the high cost of communications.
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.
The law is to be changed in Germany to allow businesses to operate open WiFi networks without being liable for copyright infringement carried out by users of those networks, notes OutLaw.com, quoting German media sources.
Australian regulator may get broader remit
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) could be given both a broader and a deeper remit to cover all layers of the communications sector if the recommendations of a government review are enacted, reports IT News.
The Ministry of Communications in Brazil has published guidelines to be followed by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) when reviewing the current regulatory model for telecoms services, notes TeleGeography, itself reporting an item in Telesemana.
On 2 March 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe formally adopted the third Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child, writes Sonia Livingstone on a London School of Economics blog.
The European Commission has presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitisation of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced new broadband labels that aim to provide consumers of mobile and fixed broadband internet services with easy to understand information about price and performance.
Broadcasters in India have called for regulation or near-total abolition of carriage fee while distribution platform operators (DPOs) have said that carriage fee should be left untouched to allow market forces to decide, reports Television Post.
Italy's ministry of economic development has signed a deal with the northern Veneto region to invest around e400 million to expand the high-speed broadband network to digital divide areas that have been unable to attract private investment, notes Telecompaper.
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)".
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.
Norway's transport and communications minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, says a document has been drawn up concerning the development of electronic communications infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring digital employment in Norway.
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.