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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.


UK department goes digital; launches infrastructure fund

The UK government has added the word ‘digital’ to one of its departments – it is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, but will continue to be referred to as DCMS. “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include digital in the name.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Kenya’s mobile money market boosts telecoms

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has said the telecoms sector is now a critical element in the country’s economy, as it revealed strong figures relating to mobile payments for goods and services, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Potential clash in Italy over broadband rollout

Telecom Italia will go ahead with plans to roll out an ultrafast broadband network in rural or sparely populated areas of Italy despite objections from the government, the phone group's chief executive has said.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Spain reshuffles its competition deck

The Spanish government has passed a draft bill that aims to reorganise competition regulation, and to improve supervision and regulation in the economic and financial domains, specifically the banking, capital markets, and insurance sectors, notes a report by JD Supra.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mozambique monitors spectrum; tie ups between African regulators

Mozambique’s communications regulator, Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM), has installed its radio spectrum management and monitoring system (SIGMER) in a fourth province, almost a year after it announced plans for a nationwide rollout of the system, reports IT Web Africa.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

New Zealand issues final details on telecoms act reform

Telecoms operators in New Zealand have responded positively to the final details of the reform package for the Telecommunications Act that refines regulatory settings that will apply to fibre and copper fixed line services from 2020, although some concerns have been raised, reports the New Zealand Herald.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

South Africa reviews high data costs

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is to conduct an inquiry to determine the priority markets in the electronic communications sector.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Japan and EU converge on privacy

A joint declaration by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker aims to unite Japan’s and the EU’s data protection regimes.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

European Parliament pushes back on anti-encryption measures

A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment “infesting” governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less, notes the Register.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Dutch privacy regulator gets more resources

The Dutch privacy regulator AP will receive more funds and staff to help with the implementation of the EU's new data protection rules, the justice ministry announced in parliament.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Canada’s head regulator steps down with hard hitting speech

Jean-Pierre Blais spared no criticism of the government and the communications industry in his final speech as chairman of Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator, blasting both for trying to preserve the status quo despite the disruptive force of broadband, reports the Financial Post.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Venezuelan activists take to transport to give the news

Riding public transport armed with a wobbly TV-shaped cardboard frame and loud voices, a group of young Venezuelan activists have found a novel way to transmit news, in a country where space has shrunk for stories about hardship and protests, finds Reuters.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tunisia rules on quality of service for mobiles

Tunisia’s National Telecommunications Authority has issued a ruling setting quality of service (QoS) requirements for the nation’s wireless providers, noted Telegeography.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ireland’s ComReg consults on bundle pricing

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has launched a consultation on a draft decision related to price control obligations for bundled services, which it notes relate primarily to price control and transparency obligations for three markets...

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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