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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.

Somalia passes draft communications act

The Somali cabinet has unanimously passed the draft National Communications Act, which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector, notes TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Europe’s operators lobby for spectrum reform

Europe's largest mobile telecoms companies have called on European Union governments to end their resistance to awarding wireless spectrum licences for at least 25 years to encourage investment and innovation, reports Reuters.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

BEREC replies to EU significant market power review

BEREC, the body of European regulators, has replied to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the ‘Commission guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of significant market power under the Community regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services’ (the ‘SMP guidelines’).

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Belgium’s regulators team up on market power review

Belgium’s TMT regulators, Vlaamse Regulator voor de Media, Conseil supérieur de l’Audiovisuel, Medienrat and BIPT, have published draft decisions on broadband internet and broadcasting, concluding that the retail broadband internet and television broadcasting markets are still characterised by competition shortcomings.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Guyana monitors spectrum and gears up for new regulator

Guyana’s National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has switched on three spectrum monitoring stations that will allow the regulator to determine whether spectrum is being used illegally as well as detect and monitor licensed spectrum,...

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

African fixed internet connections still way behind

About 20 million households and businesses in Africa will have wired internet connections by 2022, compared with 11 million in 2016, predicts TMT market research firm Dataxis. “Nonetheless, although wired broadband is on the rise with the progressive introduction of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in most developed countries,...

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

South Africa reviews high data costs

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is to conduct an inquiry to determine the priority markets in the electronic communications sector.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Japan and EU converge on privacy

A joint declaration by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker aims to unite Japan’s and the EU’s data protection regimes.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

European Parliament pushes back on anti-encryption measures

A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment “infesting” governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less, notes the Register.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

India’s regulator consults on minimum prices

India’s regulator, TRAI, is to meet telecom service providers to seek their views on minimum floor prices for voice and data tariffs, reports the Hindustan Times.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ofcom to auction two spectrum bands this year

Ofcom, the UK regulator, is to auction licences to use 190 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands, increasing the airwaves available for mobile devices by almost one third. It intends to auction 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band, which is already supported by mobile devices from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Australia sets out telecoms reform for broadband

Australia’s government has introduced into parliament a comprehensive telecoms reform package “that will ensure all Australians can access sustainably funded high-speed broadband services, regardless of where they live”.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Other European countries want to join the roaming club

Prices for customers roaming between Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were reduced on 1 July, in line with a 2014 agreement between the regulatory agencies of the respective nations, notes TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK department goes digital; launches infrastructure fund

The UK government has added the word ‘digital’ to one of its departments – it is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, but will continue to be referred to as DCMS. “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include digital in the name.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Kenya’s mobile money market boosts telecoms

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has said the telecoms sector is now a critical element in the country’s economy, as it revealed strong figures relating to mobile payments for goods and services, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Potential clash in Italy over broadband rollout

Telecom Italia will go ahead with plans to roll out an ultrafast broadband network in rural or sparely populated areas of Italy despite objections from the government, the phone group's chief executive has said.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Spain reshuffles its competition deck

The Spanish government has passed a draft bill that aims to reorganise competition regulation, and to improve supervision and regulation in the economic and financial domains, specifically the banking, capital markets, and insurance sectors, notes a report by JD Supra.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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