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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.

'Right to be forgotten' under fire

The European Court of Justice's ruling on the 'right to be forgotten' on the internet, following a case brought by a Spanish lawyer for Google to remove links to articles about him, has come under heavy fire from the US in particular.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Call recording challenge

The rise of 'bring your own devices', in particular smartphones, is complicating efforts to enforce regulations to record phone calls in financial services companies in the UK, notes a paper from Ovum...

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Chile bans zero-rated social media

Chilean regulator Subtel has banned mobile operators from offering so-called zero-rated social media apps – services like Twitter and Facebook that, through deals with the carriers, can be used without having to pay for mobile data, according to David Meyer at Gigaom.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

IoT market hots up, raises security concerns

The security issues around the emerging internet of things (IoT) technology are taking centre stage, as Apple reportedly prepares to introduce a 'smart home' system and Google is rumoured to be considering new acquisitions to round out its web-enabled home device offering, says ZDnet.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Big refund for texts in the Philippines

The Philippine telecoms regulator has ordered mobile phone firms to cut mobile text messaging rates by 20% and reimburse subscribers for excess charges from December 2011 onwards, in a decision likely to be challenged by the companies in court, reports Reuters.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Guernsey to test business models

Guernsey’s business community has been updated on the island’s telecoms infrastructure by CICRA (Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities), writes Guernsey Isle News.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Ofcom consults on 700 MHz for mobile

UK regulator, Ofcom, has issued a consultation on proposals to change some of the frequencies that digital terrestrial TV services and wireless microphones use and make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband by 2022, if not earlier.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Nigeria issues industry code

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published a code of corporate governance for the Nigerian telecoms industry.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Regulatory issues for Brazil

A report from Frost & Sullivan, 'Analysis of the Brazilian total telecommunications services market', finds that the market earned revenues of $68.07 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $83.72 billion in 2018, and the currently modest adoption rates of pay TV, fixed and mobile broadband, and value-added services point to vast untapped potential.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

EU funds research, faces obstacles

The European Union has set aside 80 billion euros ($109 billion) to fund cutting edge research and innovation over the next six years, underscoring its ambition in these fields, reports Reuters...

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Caribbean wants competition

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is looking to improve the regulatory environment in the region’s telecoms markets...

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Tariff independence in China

China will allow telecoms companies to independently decide tariffs for their services from this May, to promote competition and give a greater role to market forces, reports the Times of India. The government had previously set pricing bands.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

FCC's 'way out' on net neutrality unlikely

An article in Scientific American on the ongoing debate in the US on net neutrality notes that the FCC has left a way out of its proposed regulations that would permit 'fast lanes' for paid, speedy access and that have faced much opposition.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Changes in India

The new government in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi "believes in freedom of press as it is the essence of democracy and no 'external' regulation has worked in the media", information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said on his first day in office, NDTV reports.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

4G auction in Argentina

Argentina has unveiled plans for an auction of national 4G spectrum in the 1700 MHz/2100 MHz (AWS) and 700 MHz bands, and said it will also launch a tender for remaining 3G spectrum in the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz ranges, reports TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Citizens get say on internet bill

Brazil intends to listen to its citizens through an online public consultation process before implementing the regulations of the new Marco Civil da Internet (civil internet bill), reports BNamericas.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Competition in Australia

Competition in the Australian telecoms market is not in good shape, writes Paul Budde. "Vodafone has lost more than two million customers over the last few years and Optus mobile subscriber numbers are also going down.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Bitcoin could learn from Skype

Michael Jackson, former COO of Skype, has compared the regulatory challenges facing Bitcoin companies with the early struggles Skype had with regulators across the globe.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Progress in New Zealand

New Zealand's Commerce Commission has published its annual telecoms monitoring report that analyses the state of the country's telecoms markets. Industry investment increased significantly from a recent low of $1.24 billion in 2010/11 to $1.58 billion in 2012/13.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

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