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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.

Africa's regulation improving

The regulatory environment for Africa's ICT sector is continuously improving – countries with ICT regulatory bodies have grown in number from 26 in 2000 to 44, notes "Moreover, they are increasingly independent from their governments...

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cloud computing and European data privacy

The words "cloud computing" did not appear in a 119-page digital privacy regulation introduced in Europe last year, reports the New York Times.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Convergence in New Zealand

A review of law governing the telecoms sector in New Zealand "has reignited the debate as to whether content will be a major driver for consumers to jump on to fibre services", says

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Global internet concern

Major internet players including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have issued the Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation...

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Pakistan's spectrum challenge

After remaining "dysfunctional" for more than a year, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority finally looks set to revive its reputation as an independent regulator, says The Express Tribune, as it is once again tasked with conducting a spectrum auction, for 3G.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Nordic operators on Europe

Operators in the Nordic region have published a joint position paper in response to the regulatory reforms recently proposed by the European Commission, notes Telecompaper.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

No bids for Jamaica spectrum

Jamaica's minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell has expressed his disappointment at the results of a 700 MHz auction, conducted by the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA)...

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

European broadband compliance

BEREC, the European regulators body, has agreed a methodology to monitor the compliance by its members with its broadband common positions adopted in December 2012...

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Indian to lay down fibre

The Indian government has lined up investments of about US$4 billion toward laying fibre to provide broadband connectivity right up to village level by 2015, the Times of India has reported.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Competition advice from the EC

The European Commission has published advice received from experts concerning which parts of telecoms markets could be regulated ex-ante by national telecoms regulators to address structural competition problems.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

4G Americas outlines spectrum policy issues

4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association, has issued a white paper titled "Meeting the 1000X challenge: the need for spectrum, technology and policy innovation". This "formidable challenge is a combination of increasing the efficiency of existing assets...

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Canadian channel unbundling under fire

A proposal in Canada to unbundle TV channel packages has been criticised by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an independent advocacy group.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Less Australian radio regulation urged

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) chief executive officer, Joan Warner, has called for a review and reduction of the regulations that govern radio in the country, reports B&T.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

BEREC on the single telecoms market

BEREC, the European regulators body, has issued further views on the single electronic communications market proposals. It says: "BEREC has significant concerns about the evidence base and analysis behind the proposal.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Ofcom proposes big charge hikes

UK regulator, Ofcom, plans to increase the amount it charges for using certain spectrum bands by between 330% and 433%, meaning an increase in combined annual fees from £64.4m to £309m, reports The Daily Telegraph.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

White space pilot in Malawi

"Malawi is an absolutely fascinating place to watch white space technology and regulation evolve," writes Steve Song in Techcentral, in an article on a pilot project.

  • Saturday, 26 October 2013

Bulgaria switches over

The analogue TV signal in Bulgaria was "officially stopped" at a ceremony on 30 September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications has announced.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Erasing kids' posts

California has put into place the first state law that requires companies, websites, and app developers to give children under the age of 18 the option to delete a social media post.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Weightless could have regulatory hurdles

TechWeek Europe reports that the delegates at the first global summit of the Weightless group, which is developing a machine-to-machine communications standard for unused spectrum, are optimistic about its future.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

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