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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.

TV more valuable than mobile?

A coalition of broadcasters in the UK, including the BBC and ITV, "has issued a sharp rejoinder to plans to allocate more radio spectrum to mobile phone operators, saying that television can generate more economic value from the airwaves", reports the Financial Times.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Fibre unbundling in Norway

NPT, Norway's telecoms regulator, has mandated that Telenor must offer local-loop unbundling (LLU) for its wholesale fibre network, in the same way as it does for its copper lines, reports ZDNet.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

IPTV in China under scrutiny

Chinese companies have been busily tapping the potential of the internet protocol television (IPTV) business over the past year. More than 20 new internet TV screens and streaming boxes have been launched by various companies, notes Caixin.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Roaming deals improve ahead of EU action

"French operator Orange has announced a number of packages that include data roaming abroad, joining competitors in a move that is likely be replicated all over Europe as EU regulators turn up the heat," says PC Advisor...

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Chile splits responsibilities

TeleGeography reports that the transport and telecoms committee of Chile's upper house has accepted a bill that will divide the responsibilities of the regulator Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) between a new institution, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, and Subtel.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Guinea to revive state operator

Guinea’s telecoms minister Oye Guilavogui has announced that defunct state-owned fixed and wireless network operator Societe des Telecoms de Guinee (Sotelgui) is set to relaunch its operations by the end of 2014, says TeleGeography...

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Poland's spectrum auction

Telecompaper notes that Polish regulator, UKE, has announced terms for the auction of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands in 2014.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

China's mobile market opens up

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences to 11 privately-owned companies, notes Telegeography, quoting a Bloomberg report.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Poorer countries losing out on cloud

A lack of access to affordable broadband and data servers in developing countries is severely limiting the scope of cloud computing, according to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Analogue switch-off starts in Kenya

The Communications Commission of Kenya started its analogue switch-off in Nairobi and other areas on 26 December following a high court ruling that allowed the switch off to continue despite objections from a consumer lobby group and sections of the media.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

India recommends spectrum trading terms

India's telecoms regulator, Trai, has recommended allowing outright transfer of spectrum by telecoms companies to other operators, but has suggested a bar on its leasing for now, notes the Economic Times.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Jamaica considers converged regulator

The Jamaican government is to receive funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to hire a consultant to study the viability of a single regulator for the ICT sector, says the Gleaner.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Urgency needed for European fibre

"Without a change in regulations and increased political will at the highest level, Europe's plan for faster broadband could run out of time," Telecom TV reports, summarising a new report by Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Croatian regulator goes for European exemplar

HAKOM, the Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, has held a first "market day" in Zagreb, a conference dedicated to market regulation, with special attention to Croatia's role in the single European Union market.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

Apple's latest gaming payout

Apple has agreed to pay a substantial sum to settle unfair business practices concerning "in-app" purchases by children playing games on iPads and iPhones.

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014

EU funds for connecting Europe

The European Council of telecom ministers has adopted the regulation creating the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a funding instrument for transport, energy and telecommunications networks across the EU, reports Telecompaper.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Dutch vision for the 'internet value web'

The Dutch government plans to monitor and, where needed, intervene in a number of issues in the telecoms sector in the medium term, reports Telecompaper.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

More regulation in Bahrain?

Bahrain's leading telecoms operator Batelco "has expressed disappointment" at a draft proposal by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), which the telecoms firm said seeks to increase its regulatory requirements.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Mexico begins competition strategy

Reuters reports that Mexico's telecoms regulator "has taken the first steps to weaken Carlos Slim's hold on the phone market, setting out plans to make the billionaire's fixed-line provider share part of its network".

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

UK sets infrastructure repair targets

BT, the major UK telecoms operator that also manages much of the country's infrastructure, could face fines from the regulator, Ofcom, if it does not fix faults in its telephone and broadband services fast enough.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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