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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.


Germany acts on transmitter in children’s doll

Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has taken action against unauthorised wireless transmitting equipment in a children’s doll called Cayla, and has already removed products from the market. “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people's privacy.

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

European media report studies pluralism

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a study, “Media ownership, market realities and regulatory responses”, which asks how European and national legislation can protect media pluralism, whether this be in the form of a multitude of operators making available a large variety choice of programming, or...

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

France’s regulator warns that convergence harms investment

The head of the French telecoms regulator has warned that the growing trend for mobile operators to offer bundles of telecoms and TV services across Europe risks harming investment in their networks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cayman Islands launches converged regulator

The new Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, is up and running in the Cayman Islands, reports the Cayman News Service. “The Ministry of Planning, Lands and Agriculture announced that the doors are open at the new overarching regulator, which is designed to protect consumers and promote competition.

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Netherlands proposes merger powers

The Dutch government has proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecoms sector, reports Reuters. In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry said telecoms, including data hosting centres and other internet infrastructure, is vital to national security...

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Global mobile user trends; digital dividend in Kenya

Almost half of mobile phone users worldwide still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. Its new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services,...

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

FCC’s Ajit Pai – early moves

New US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has formally closed investigations into zero-rated services offered by mobile giants AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, notes TeleGeography. “The two telcos stood accused of violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules..."

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

India recommends infrastructure sharing

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended it should be mandatory for telecoms operators and tower firms to share in-building infrastructure in residential and commercial complexes and large public places like malls, hotels and airports...

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

UK body urges competitive mobile landscape

Make The Air Fair, an initiative established to urge UK regulator Ofcom to curb BT’s dominance of the mobile industry, has received support from more than 100,000 people for a proposed cap on the amount of spectrum operators can own, repots Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

South Africa makes progress in wholesale network discussions

South Africa’s Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services believes it has won widespread support from ICT sector for its wholesale open-access network proposal for radio spectrum and that the emphasis has shifted to how the policy will be implemented, reports Business Day.

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Ex-FCC head speaks on regulatory affairs

In an interview in Marketplace, the recent FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, was asked about regulations he created. Says Wheeler: “Well, I think it's really important that we have protected a fast, fair, and open internet. And the question now becomes: how will the new administration respond to that? Will they say, ‘OK,..."

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Philippines senate wants more power for regulator

The Philippines senate committee on economic affairs wants the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to have more power to carry out its mandate to go after erring telecoms companies, the Manila Times reports.

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

UK calls for infrastructure evidence

The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission has launched a call for evidence to shape the development of a study to identify which new technologies have the greatest potential for improving the productivity of infrastructure, and what steps government should take to support the deployment of these technologies.

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

US immigrant clampdown has privacy implications

European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by US President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data, reports Reuters.

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Transferring government services to 4G

Elisa and Nokia are the first in the Nordics to test the prioritisation of government services in a commercial 4G network. The test simulated the functionality of critical communication services of public authorities during mobile network congestion.

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Content and mobile roaming in Europe

Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to an agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the member states and the European Commission.

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Iran sets out new plan for telecoms

The obligations of Iran’s ministry of communications and information technology have been set out as part of a five-year economic, social and cultural development plan (2016-2021), reports the Financial Tribune, an Iranian economic newspaper.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

US incentive auction enters final stage

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said its incentive auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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