International Institute of Communications

Shaping the policy agenda: TELECOMMUNICATIONS • MEDIA • TECHNOLOGY
Tel:+44 (0)20 8544 8076
Fax:+44 (0)20 8544 8077
social twitter sm  social linkedin sm  social youtube sm  social facebook sm
  • Themes

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.


UK’s Ofcom plans to incentivise customer service

Ofcom, the UK regulator, is planning to incentivise telecom providers to improve their customer service, as the UK Telegraph reports. “Customer service in telecoms trails behind other sectors,” Ofcom’s Ian Macrae, director of market intelligence, said.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Norway’s regulator aims for domestic operation of telecoms for security

Norway should impose regulation ensuring that owners of mobile telephone networks are able to fully operate installations domestically, without relying on staff or technical systems located abroad, the country's telecoms regulator, Nkom,* has said, according to Reuters.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Mariya Gabriel nominated as new EU digital commissioner

The tech industry is ‘relieved’ that Bulgaria’s nominee for European Commissioner will oversee digital policies, filling a gap left open for four months after Günther Oettinger transferred to the budget post, comments EurActiv.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Divisions open up over Europe’s e-privacy law

EU member states are at odds with the European Commission (EC) over an extension to privacy legislation for communications providers, with some countries pushing for less restriction when analysing users’ data, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Myanmar sets out plan for new regulator

Myanmar’s Ministry Transport and Communications (MCIT) has published an unofficial English-language version of its draft Myanmar Communications Regulatory Commission Law, requesting comments from experts and industry stakeholders, notes Telegeography.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

FCC starts to reverse US net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to start to undo a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on internet providers, namely the net neutrality Open Internet Order.

  • Monday, 22 May 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

OECD issues report on regulator independence

The OECD has released ‘Creating a culture of independence: Practical guidance against undue influence, a report that provides practical advice on how to address stress points and protect economic regulators from undue influence, drawing on the experience of over 80 regulators that participate in the OECD Network of Economic Regulators (NER).

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Rail industry aims to fight for its spectrum

At the UIC World Conference on Rail Transport Telecoms, European rail bodies have stressed that the industry will need to make a clear and robust case for its future radio spectrum requirements as it works to develop a successor to GSM-R, reports Rail Journal.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Germany and Sweden investigating net neutrality breaches

Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, has opened an investigation into Deutsche Telekom’s StreamOn service to assess if it breaks EU net neutrality regulations, days after Sweden’s PTS commenced a similar probe into Telia’s offers, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Call for Australia’s ACMA to have resources to handle spectrum reform

Australia’s opposition Labor party has said the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) must be properly resourced to carry out the spectrum reform agenda, pointing towards the lack of preparatory work mentioned in the 2017/18 federal budget, reports ZDNet.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Study on universal funds finds gaps in Africa

Universal service and access funds (USAFs) can help close the digital divide, and the growing digital gender gap, by supporting public access initiatives, device subsidies, and digital skills training for women and other marginalised populations, notes the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI).

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

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

Stay up to date with the IIC

We will give you a monthly round up of up-coming events, where we’ve been as well as interviews and selected articles from InterMedia.

Subscribe to PolicyWorld

Follow us on Twitter