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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.


South African clash on asymmetry

Asymmetry in wholesale mobile call termination rates distorts the market, undermines competition and harms consumers, reports TechCentral on the views of MTN South Africa CEO, Zunaid Bulbulia...

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Fairness dispute in Canada

Canada's new industry minister, James Moore, has "slammed a campaign by the big three wireless providers - Bell, Rogers and Telus - to stop Verizon from coming to Canada as 'dishonest' and 'misleading'," according to Huffington Post Canada.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Programme blackout not an FCC issue

In the US, a dispute between CBS and Timer Warner over programming charges has led to a blackout of CBS on cable in some major cities, and discussion about whether the FCC should intervene.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Czech rerun auction

The Czech telecoms regulator has called for bids in a rerun auction for mobile frequencies that may allow a new market entrant and threaten incumbent operators, which have vowed to dispute the process, says Bloomberg.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

India may bypass auctions

India has set up a committee to examine the conditions for allotment of airwaves through routes other than auction, minister of state for telecommunications, Milind Deora, has said.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Norway consults on spectrum auction

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has announced a consultation on the auction rules for the sale of digital spectrum in the 800MHz band, as well as 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies, notes TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Zealand's fibre proposal

New Zealand's government "is proposing to cut through the regulatory mire" over price-setting for fast broadband services by using the prices tendered by participants in its ultra-fast broadband rollout project instead of complex international benchmarks, reports Scoop.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Algerian 3G move

Algeria telecoms regulator, Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT), has launched a tender for 3G mobile concessions, says TeleGeography...

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Mexican regulator line-up

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has received a list of candidates for two new regulatory bodies that were created as part of a recent overhaul of the country's telecommunications and broadcast industries.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

UK spectrum sharing consultation

Ofcom, the UK regulator, has published a consultation on the role that spectrum sharing could play in meeting capacity demands of mobile broadband and machine-to-machine communications.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

South African clash on asymmetry

Asymmetry in wholesale mobile call termination rates distorts the market, undermines competition and harms consumers, reports TechCentral...

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Fairness dispute in Canada

Canada's new industry minister, James Moore, has "slammed a campaign by the big three wireless providers - Bell, Rogers and Telus — to stop Verizon from coming to Canada as 'dishonest' and 'misleading'," according to Huffington Post Canada.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Programme blackout not an FCC issue

In the US, a dispute between CBS and Timer Warner over programming charges has led to a blackout of CBS on cable in some major cities, and discussion about whether the FCC should intervene.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Czech rerun auction

The Czech telecoms regulator has called for bids in a rerun auction for mobile frequencies that may allow a new market entrant and threaten incumbent operators, which have vowed to dispute the process, says Bloomberg.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

India may bypass auctions

India has set up a committee to examine the conditions for allotment of airwaves through routes other than auction, minister of state for telecommunications, Milind Deora, has said.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

WiFi gets even more popular

A European Commission study has found that people are "flocking" to use WiFi internet and the trend is set to continue, with 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 delivered to smartphones and tablets using WiFi, possibly rising to 78% by 2016.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

US cloud revenue threat

CloudPro reports that the fallout from the NSA Prism surveillance scandal could threaten the growth of the US cloud computing market and lead to as much as $35 billion in revenues being lost over the next three years, according to a report from a Washington-based think-tank, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Power restrictions eased

The US FCC is easing outdoor power restrictions on the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum, which could bring faster broadband to rural areas and cost-effective backhaul solutions in urban settings, reports Engadget.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Delay in South Africa unbundling?

Tech Central has commented that South Africa's department of communications may be trying to delay the unbundling of Telkom’s local loop.

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

Canada sell off 'will proceed'

Reuters reports that Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, will sell off wireless spectrum next year as planned, despite protests by telecoms firms...

  • Monday, 19 August 2013

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