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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.


GSMA's attack on regulation

The GSMA has sent an open letter to Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission, setting out the "key elements needed to deliver a telecoms single market to drive growth and employment across the region".

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Mexico Slim's down

Mexico's telecoms regulator has "unveiled a slew of regulations to claw back the massive telephone business of billionaire Carlos Slim", notes Reuters, but said it would not order a break-up of his companies for now.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

European internet users facing obstacles

Nearly a quarter (24%) of European internet users say they are prevented by their providers from watching videos, listening to music or using other applications of their choice, according to a Eurobarometer survey of 28,000 citizens across the EU.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Backing for EU data protection

The European Parliament has given overwhelming backing to new EU data protection laws by supporting proposals for a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

General access in Brazil

Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) and the Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency (SDH/PR), are jointly working on the definition of a general regulation of accessibility to telecoms, Telecompaper has reported.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

TV in the sights of South Africa's regulator

South Africa's 'highly concentrated' television broadcasting industry, which has one dominant subscription operator in MultiChoice, will be a key focus area of regulator Icasa’s high-level inquiry into the state of competition in ICT sector, says TechCentral.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Bulgaria's regulator to get more power

Bulgarian telecoms regulator, the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), is set to gain more power, as draft amendments to the Communications Act are tabled for discussion in parliament, reports Telegeography.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Mobile fuels broadband in Germany

German infrastructure minister, Alexander Dobrindt, says that the government will invest the proceeds of planned sales of frequency bands to mobile telephone services in broadband infrastructure expansion.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Hosting in focus by the OECD

An OECD report – 'International cables, gateways, backhaul and IXP' – investigates developments in these networks and other essential components that are beyond a consumer’s first mile connection.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Future of regulation report

The next two years are likely to see changes to the regulatory environment in Europe as the European Commission reviews its recommended list of relevant markets susceptible to ex-ante regulation, and as the EU considers the Connected Continent legislative proposal.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Pakistan's chance for broadband

The spectrum auction for the introduction of mobile broadband in Pakistan is in danger, writes Ricardo Tavares in the Express Tribune.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Dutch fees for video

In a similar deal to the Comcast-Netflix tie up in the US, Dutch cable company Ziggo, which was recently acquired by competitor UPC for €10b, is planning to charge video-on-demand providers additional fees to guarantee that its customers get high-quality access to their online TV services, ZDnet reports.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Making room for WiFi

The US FCC should move forward with a plan to open up new 5 GHz spectrum to WiFi as consumer demand for wireless bandwidth skyrockets, one of its commissioners has said, reports ARN.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

New Zealand's capital costs

New Zealand's Commerce Commission is seeking submissions on its proposed approach to setting the rate of return on capital for the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) network and the unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service, comments Reseller News.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Broad scope for Canadian art?

The New York Times has a wry look at Canada’s broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and its rules mandating levels of Canadian programming related to "Canadian artists having access to Canadian airwaves".

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

UK wins in European broadband stakes

The UK has the best broadband coverage, take-up, usage and choice for both fixed and mobile services when compared with key European rivals France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Spectrum strategy for the UK

The UK government has published a new spectrum strategy that "sets out how we will meet the increasing demands for the use of spectrum over the next decade and double spectrum's contribution to the UK economy...

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Regulation cost-benefit report

Last year the European Commission tendered a study to review different methods for estimating costs and benefits within its integrated approach to impact assessment.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Cyber-governance in the Commonwealth

ICT ministers from 35 Commonwealth nations have adopted a cyber-governance model that will guide national policy development of their national cyberspaces, HumanIPO reports.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

Ban on new subs in South Korea

TeleGeography reports that South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) will bar each of the nation’s cellcos – SK Telecom (SKT), KT Corp and LG Uplus – from signing up new subscribers for 45 days.

  • Monday, 17 March 2014

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