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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.

Dutch privacy regulator gets more resources

The Dutch privacy regulator AP will receive more funds and staff to help with the implementation of the EU's new data protection rules, the justice ministry announced in parliament.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Canada’s head regulator steps down with hard hitting speech

Jean-Pierre Blais spared no criticism of the government and the communications industry in his final speech as chairman of Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator, blasting both for trying to preserve the status quo despite the disruptive force of broadband, reports the Financial Post.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Venezuelan activists take to transport to give the news

Riding public transport armed with a wobbly TV-shaped cardboard frame and loud voices, a group of young Venezuelan activists have found a novel way to transmit news, in a country where space has shrunk for stories about hardship and protests, finds Reuters.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tunisia rules on quality of service for mobiles

Tunisia’s National Telecommunications Authority has issued a ruling setting quality of service (QoS) requirements for the nation’s wireless providers, noted Telegeography.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ireland’s ComReg consults on bundle pricing

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has launched a consultation on a draft decision related to price control obligations for bundled services, which it notes relate primarily to price control and transparency obligations for three markets...

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

OECD issues report on regulator independence

The OECD has released ‘Creating a culture of independence: Practical guidance against undue influence, a report that provides practical advice on how to address stress points and protect economic regulators from undue influence, drawing on the experience of over 80 regulators that participate in the OECD Network of Economic Regulators (NER).

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Mozambique monitors spectrum; tie ups between African regulators

Mozambique’s communications regulator, Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM), has installed its radio spectrum management and monitoring system (SIGMER) in a fourth province, almost a year after it announced plans for a nationwide rollout of the system, reports IT Web Africa.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

New Zealand issues final details on telecoms act reform

Telecoms operators in New Zealand have responded positively to the final details of the reform package for the Telecommunications Act that refines regulatory settings that will apply to fibre and copper fixed line services from 2020, although some concerns have been raised, reports the New Zealand Herald.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Rosenworcel to be nominated to return to the FCC

US President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who has participated at several IIC events, to the open Democratic slot in the agency, notes Investopedia.

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

UK’s Ofcom plans to incentivise customer service

Ofcom, the UK regulator, is planning to incentivise telecom providers to improve their customer service, as the UK Telegraph reports. “Customer service in telecoms trails behind other sectors,” Ofcom’s Ian Macrae, director of market intelligence, said.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Norway’s regulator aims for domestic operation of telecoms for security

Norway should impose regulation ensuring that owners of mobile telephone networks are able to fully operate installations domestically, without relying on staff or technical systems located abroad, the country's telecoms regulator, Nkom,* has said, according to Reuters.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Rail industry aims to fight for its spectrum

At the UIC World Conference on Rail Transport Telecoms, European rail bodies have stressed that the industry will need to make a clear and robust case for its future radio spectrum requirements as it works to develop a successor to GSM-R, reports Rail Journal.

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

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