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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.


Nigeria shapes up for spectrum trading

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced moves to develop a clear-cut framework and guidelines that will usher in a secondary market for spectrum trading in the country, Today.ng reports.

  • Friday, 09 December 2016

Ofcom’s plans for the wholesale market

Ofcom says it is proceeding to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, “after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address our competition concerns”. Openreach is the division of BT Group that develops and maintains the UK’s main telecoms network.

  • Friday, 09 December 2016

European Commission approves France’s state aid for broadband

The European Commission has found the French national broadband scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme involves investments of 13 billion euro and aims to bring very high speed broadband everywhere in France without unduly distorting competition.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

UK advertising regulator to rule on internet speed claims

UK broadband companies will be made to change the way they advertise their internet speeds, under regulator plans, notes the BBC. “The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of speeds ‘up to’ a certain amount are confusing...

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

FCC ‘concerned’ about AT&T’s zero rating

The FCC has zeroed in on AT&T’s practice of zero rating, expressing “serious concerns” it has about AT&T's practice of exempting its own streaming-video services from wireless customers' mobile data allotments,...

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Two mobile operators vie to be become Singapore’s number four

Singapore fibre start-up MyRepublic and Australian telco TPG Telecom have been given the nod to proceed to the auction phase of the upcoming race to become Singapore’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), reports TeleGeography.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

US debates need for new regulation for IoT

Confronting the dangers posed by the internet of things – as demonstrated by the 21 October Mirai DDoS attack – members of the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee have held a hearing that examined the feasibility of regulating IoT devices, reports SC Media.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Nigeria pitches for ICT investment

Nigeria’s government and private sectors have made a pitch to foreign investors at the 2016 ITU’s conference, Telecoms World, where they presented the country’s developments in ICT opportunities for future investment, reports Naija247 News.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Public WiFi plan in Europe takes shape

EU member states have given their backing for the WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to bring WiFi to public areas. At a meeting of the Telecoms Council, EU ministers approved a partial general approach on the European Commission's proposal...

  • Friday, 09 December 2016

GSMA makes detailed response to Europe’s draft communications code

Mobile body, the GSMA, has published a position paper on the European Commission’s reform proposals set out in the draft Electronic Communications Code. The report stresses overall support for the Commission’s intent and focus, while proposing improvements in certain key areas.

  • Friday, 09 December 2016

Oman to open market to third mobile operator

Oman’s telecoms regulator has invited operators to apply for the sultanate’s third mobile licence, notes Global Telecoms Business. The winner will complete against state-owned Omantel and Qatar-based Ooredoo.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Sweden’s regulator orders duct sharing for community association

Sweden’s Post & Telecom Agency (PTS) has ordered incumbent telco Telia to provide access to its cabling ducts to allow a community association to deploy its own fibre broadband network, in the first settlement dispute under a new law...

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Canada and US cooperate on robocalls and spoofing

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will allow both organisations to work more collaboratively on the growing threat that unwanted robocalls...

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

PTS discontinues auction of the 700 MHz band

The Swedish government has decided that the 694-790 MHz frequency band should be available for terrestrial television broadcasting subject to a permit obligation up to and including 31 May 2018, which revokes the decision made by the government in 2014 to release the space for other use.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

GSMA makes policy recommendations on 5G

Mobile industry body, the GSMA, has called on governments and regulators to commit to supporting the needs of 5G in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). “Although the mobile industry, academic institutions and international standards-making bodies are developing the technologies central to 5G, success will depend heavily on affordable access to the necessary amount of spectrum,” says John Giusti, chief regulatory officer, GSMA.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

OECD analyses role of international organisations in regulation

Borders are becoming increasingly porous, with growing flows of goods, services, people and capital, says the OECD about a new report, ‘International regulatory co-operation: The role of international organisations in fostering better rules of globalisation’.  “Governments, more than ever, need to coordinate their efforts to develop global standards to address climate change, as well as crises related to finance, health, environment and migration; secure peace; and ensure sustainable economic prosperity and social inclusion. International organisations (IOs) play a key role in fostering multilateral action and addressing the fragmentation that may undermine effective domestic action.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Singapore kicks off Li-Fi light-based trials

Singapore’s regulator, IMDA, is waiving frequency fees associated with Li-Fi (light fidelity) trials to encourage technical trials of this technology. Li-Fi is a light-based communication technology “that has the potential to provide a new layer of wireless connectivity...

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

China clamps down on internet freedom

China has passed a sweeping law tightening restrictions on internet freedoms, a move that foreign businesses say threatens to shut them out of one of the world’s biggest technology markets, reports the Financial Times.

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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