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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.


Bulgaria switches over

The analogue TV signal in Bulgaria was "officially stopped" at a ceremony on 30 September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications has announced.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Erasing kids' posts

California has put into place the first state law that requires companies, websites, and app developers to give children under the age of 18 the option to delete a social media post.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Weightless could have regulatory hurdles

TechWeek Europe reports that the delegates at the first global summit of the Weightless group, which is developing a machine-to-machine communications standard for unused spectrum, are optimistic about its future.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

US healthcare apps to be regulated

The US Food and Drug Administration plans to apply the same strict regulations to mobile apps as it does to medical devices, such as blood pressure monitors, if those apps perform the same functions as stand-alone or computer based devices, says Nextgov.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

More Canada criticism

The Canadian prime minister's proposal "to bring American telecom giant Verizon into Canada on preferential terms has been savaged by the Fraser Institute, the fount of conservative economic thought in the country", says the Toronto Star.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

West Africa meeting

The West African Information and Communications Technology (WAFICT) congress place in Lagos on 7-8 November with the aim of bringing policymakers, regulators and industry experts together...

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

e-health regulation in the US

A US law firm that works with companies specialising in mobile health (mHealth) applications is asking the US Food and Drug Administration to "adopt significant fundamental changes to keep pace with medicine and technology".

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

South Korea opens up

South Korea is opening up its telecom sector to overseas investors, notes the Wall Street Journal, initially by easing regulations on foreign investment in small telecoms operators, as part of the country’s free-trade agreements with the US and the European Union.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

UK spectrum sharing consult

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on spectrum sharing for mobile and wireless data services, noting the role of WiFi, which may need more spectrum in the 5GHz band.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

ITU advises Nepal

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recommended that Nepal create a separate rule to ensure the quality of service of mobile and fixed line services, notes eKantipur.com.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

European broadband compliance

BEREC, the European regulators body, has agreed a methodology to monitor the compliance by its members with its broadband common positions adopted in December 2012...

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

Indian to lay down fibre

The Indian government has lined up investments of about US$4 billion toward laying fibre to provide broadband connectivity right up to village level by 2015, the Times of India has reported.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

UK rural broadband criticism

Lawmakers in the UK have criticised the government's rural broadband project as delivering poor value to the taxpayer as BT has been the only company to be awarded contracts so far. "Only Fujitsu and BT entered the bidding competition, with Fujitsu later withdrawing," reports the BBC.

  • Sunday, 06 October 2013

A 'regulatory mess' in the EU

The European Commission is saying that a "regulatory mess" is hurting broadband investment as "telecoms companies are under-performing, other businesses are losing competitiveness and frustrated consumers are stuck in the internet slow lane".

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

Spectrum coordination needed in Europe

Europe risks losing its edge in mobile communications because of a failure to agree on the allocation of radio spectrum for 4G mobile, writes Tom Phillips, chief government and regulatory affairs officer at the GSM Association.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

Sports rights in South Africa

An article for AllAfrica notes that "the regulation of TV sports rights has happened in Europe and now looks set to happen in South Africa" as Yunus Carrim, the new minister for communications has promised action by March 2014.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

BT seeks filter clarity

BT has sought "greater legal clarity" from the UK government about the use of filters to stop internet subscribers from accessing pornography, notes Out-Law.com from Pinsent Masons.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

Dutch net neutrality gets approval

A recent report from research institute, SEO Economic Research, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, validates net neutrality as enshrined in the revised Dutch Telecommunications Law, comments BuddeComm.

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

A true EU single market?

The Financial Times says Joaquín Almunia, the EU's antitrust commissioner, has issued a 'sharp rebuke' to the proposals of Neelie Kroes to set up a single telecoms regulator for the EU.

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

India clamps down on telemarketers

About 300,000 telephone connections of unregistered telemarketers have been disconnected by service providers and the names and addresses of 25,295 such subscribers have been put onto a blacklist, following action by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

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