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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.

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

EU backs net neutrality

The European Parliament has voted in favour of net neutrality, "a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecoms industry", says US News and World Report.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Ruling to come on internet TV challenger

The US Supreme Court could be pondering the future of television, as it is hearing arguments about the legality of Aereo, an internet television service that sets up farms of small antennas and re-broadcasts TV channels.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

OECD weighs in on Mexico

The OECD has reportedly criticised Mexico's telecoms bill, saying it includes too many minute regulatory details and contains provisions that will become obsolete, according to BNAmericas, quoting local sources.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

US warns on email routing

The US has criticised proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws, reports Reuters.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 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

The internet and everything

One of the trends report highlights of the year is just out – Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2014.

  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Brazil's net neutrality bill - and bill of rights for the world?

"THE best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global web users," is how Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the world wide web described Brazil’s 'internet bill of rights', or Marco Civil, now approved in the lower house of congress, reports the Economist.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Poland helps the disabled

Poland's minister of administration and digitisation has published a regulation that includes requirements for public telephone service operators to provide services to people with disabilities, notes Telecompaper.

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Antitrust mismatch in Europe?

The Wall Street Journal reports that many of Europe's telecoms companies "are trying to scale up and swallow smaller players. There is just one problem: antitrust authorities think they are carving out the wrong kind of merger."

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Australia continues wholesale regulation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its final report into the regulation of fixed line telecoms services, revealing that it will continue to regulate wholesale services supplied using fixed line incumbent Telstra’s copper network for another five years...

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014

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