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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.


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

Singapore news site shuts down

A Singaporean news site known as Breakfast Network was forced to close down after it rejected 'onerous' new government registration requirements, reports Global Voice Advocacy.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

India consults on 800 MHz

India’s regulator, TRAI, has published a consultation paper on the reserve price for auction of 800 MHz band spectrum. According to Business Standard, TRAI had in September suggested that there was no need for auction of 800 MHz spectrum and an extended GSM band should be adopted.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Wheeler in motion at the FCC

A blog post by new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has attracted the attention of the New York Times, among others – he said "the agency would begin 'a diverse set of experiments' next year that would begin to move the nation’s telephone system from its century-old network of circuits, switches and copper wires to one that transmits phone calls in a manner similar to that used for internet data".

  • Friday, 22 November 2013

Global internet governance panel

A new global panel on internet governance will convene in London on 12-13 December, comprising a diverse global group of stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organisations.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

India's spectrum prices "too high"

Anne Bouverot, director general of the GSMA, has said her organisation is surprised by the decision of India's Telecom Commission to overrule the regulator's (TRAI) recommendations on reduced reserve prices for the 1800 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum bands, instead increasing prices by 25%.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Australia may be less ambitious on fibre

Australia’s communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull has said that using fibre to the node technology in the National Broadband Network (NBN) will offer flexibility for future upgrades of broadband, ZDNet reports.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Peru's new broadband regulations

Peru has adopted a new set of regulations concerning broadband promotion and the construction of the fibre optic backbone, reports Telecom.paper.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

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

Cloud needs different regulation - FCC appointee

Over-regulation, security, and reliability are the greatest concerns for regulating the cloud, according to Fred Kemmerer, the latest appointee to the US Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Technological Advisory Council (TAC).

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

ITU on G.fast and green ICT

The ITU has reached first-stage approval of G.fast, the broadband standard capable of achieving access speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s over existing telephone wires. "Within 250-metre range of a distribution point, G.fast’s fibre-like speeds give service providers a tool to supplement and further monetise fibre to the home (FTTH) strategies with the customer self-installation benefits of ADSL2," says an ITU release.

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Global internet governance panel

A new global panel on internet governance will convene in London on 12-13 December, comprising a diverse global group of stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organisations.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

South Africa's white spaces opportunity

The website Human IPO, which covers African technology policy, reports a call for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to regulate on white space spectrum.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Mobile competition to bite in Europe

Aggressive new competition is likely to push down pricing for the next generation of telecom services across many European markets in 2014 and undermine the potential benefit of mobile data growth to operators Fitch Ratings says.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

FCC calls for phone unlocking

The chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is calling for wireless carriers to unlock phones for American consumers, notes the Alaska Despatch.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Broadband dividend

For every £1 the government is investing in broadband, the UK economy will benefit by £20, an expert report commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport reveals.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

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