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Regulatory Watch

The IIC's eye on the news. This bulletin is regularly updated with thumbnails of industry news. Follow the links for a round-up of latest industry stories.


TMT Sector News from Australia

Australian Cyber Security Centre 2016 cyber security survey

The Australian government has released this comprehensive cyber security survey, published by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), of Australian government and major businesses of national significance.

  • Monday, 24 April 2017

Cybersecurity needs global regulation – Telefónica

To promote better cybersecurity, regulations should be brought in line across the globe and apply to everyone. That is the view of Pedro Pablo Perez, Telefónica’s VP of global security,...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

US incentive auction results

T-Mobile, Dish Network, Comcast and AT&T were among the biggest winners of the FCC’s historic incentive auction of wireless airwaves, reports the Washington Post.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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,...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

World Bank deems mobile money a success in Tanzania

In less than eight years, there has been extraordinary progress in bringing the majority of Tanzanians into the mobile money revolution, mostly by adopting an efficient, low-cost mobile money transfer system.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Europe consults on internet futures

The EU is launching an ‘unprecedented’ public consultation to find out what Europeans fear most about the future of the internet, reports the Guardian.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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 Telecoms.com.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thailand looks at unifying telecoms and broadcasting

Thailand’s telecoms regulator is floating the idea of revamping the regulatory framework governing the provisions of telecoms and broadcasting services in Thailand with a unified licensing regime, notes the Bangkok Post.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Reports on 5G multiply

A number of new reports on 5G have been released, indicating an uptick in the need for strategies for mobile technology. The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), in ‘Towards the successful deployment of 5G in Europe: What are the necessary policy and regulatory conditions?’, describes two extreme images of possible futures of 5G...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

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