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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.


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

Norway's unusual spectrum approach

Writing about the current round of spectrum licencing, Telecoms.com writes that "the Norwegians may provide the first real upset" among the usual auctions and renewals, which tend not to have led to a dramatic shift in the competitive landscape.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Latin America mobile report

The GSMA has released an assessment of the impact of the mobile industry in Latin America. The report, Mobile Economy Latin America 2013, highlights four key policy areas...

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

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 TMCnet.com. "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 Scoop.co.nz.

  • 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

Twitter changes libel law

The Financial Times comments that Twitter is driving a change in UK libel law – "On Twitter, it is users and not their online hosts who have legal responsibility for posts, creating a huge constellation of one-person publishers," it says.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Thailand drafts TV regulations

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has drafted three new regulations relating to competition in the broadcasting industry, notes Rapid TV News.

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

Regulation a key driver for M2M

The number of machine to machine (M2M) connections worldwide is set to rise from 368 million in 2013 to 2.9 billion by 2022, according to Strategy Analytics, which expects 3G or faster networks to account for 78% of these connections.

  • Thursday, 21 November 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

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