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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.


Iran sets out new plan for telecoms

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

US incentive auction enters final stage

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said its incentive auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

UK conducts cybersecurity review

The UK government has announced the launch of a national cybersecurity review following the publication of a report by US intelligence agencies accusing Russia of a campaign to manipulate the recent US elections, reports Telecompaper.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Global kids online

A majority of children say they learn something new online at least every week, but large numbers still face risks online,...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Nigerian industry body calls for regulator convergence

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has called on regulators in the ICT industry to consider merging, reports Naija247News. “ATCON’s president, Olusola Teniola, said that the absence of a converged regulatory environment was preventing convergence of services in the industry..."

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Argentina targets convergence in telecoms market

Argentina’s National Entity for Communications (ENACOM) has signed a decree that establishes guidelines aimed at improving convergence within the Argentinian telecoms market,...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

India consults again on net neutrality

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

UK body urges competitive mobile landscape

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Switzerland reports on net neutrality

Switzerland set up its Network Neutrality Arbitration Board in 2015 and has now published an annual report for 2015/16, which details seven requests and two recommendations.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Norway turns off FM stations

Norway is turning off its FM radio stations, making good on a decision made in April 2016, and following a radio digitisation mandate issued by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) in 2011.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

FTC takes aim at internet device security

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link and its US subsidiary,...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Algeria’s new telecoms law

Algeria’s government has reportedly passed a new telecoms law, the Code of Posts and Electronic Communications,...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

US agency releases report on Tesla crash

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

China aims to boost telecoms investment

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.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Peru implements net neutrality

Peruvian regulator, Osiptel, has implemented net neutrality regulations, guaranteeing equity and transparency in the conditions of access and use of data, reports TeleGeography.

  • Monday, 23 January 2017

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