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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.


Reports on 5G multiply

A number of new reports on 5G have been released, indicating an uptick in the need for strategies for mobile technology. The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), in ‘Towards the successful deployment of 5G in Europe: What are the necessary policy and regulatory conditions?’, describes two extreme images of possible futures of 5G...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

France grades mobile coverage

Starting this summer, Arcep, the French regulator, will require mobile operators to publish coverage maps that distinguish those areas with very good coverage, good coverage, limited coverage and no coverage for mobile calling and SMS texts.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Internet players lobby for net neutrality in the US

Major technology firms represented by the Internet Association (IA) have expressed ‘vigorous support’ for net neutrality, as the lobby group urged FCC chairman Ajit Pai to keep the country’s current laws intact, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake – OECD

Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a OECD report.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

New regulatory regime shapes up at the FCC

The direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is becoming clear under its new chairman, Ajit Pai. In short, there looks to be a big move to deregulation, and already one major plank of the Obama administration has been halted before coming into force.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

FCC looks at text messaging and the open internet

The US FCC is weighing the benefits of protecting SMS text messaging under the Title II open internet rules, versus continuing to protect consumers from a potential bombardment of unwanted texts, notes JD Supra.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

India fast-tracking spectrum policy

The Indian government has announced that it is fast-tracking a policy on the usage of high frequency spectrum bands to ensure that the regulations are in place in time for the nation’s operators to use the airwaves for 5G technology, writes TeleGeography.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

FCC chair calls for ‘regulatory humility’

Ajit Pai, chairman of the FC, has called for a greater degree of “regulatory humility” to open the door to greater investment in 5G and fibre networks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Europe’s digital content rules ‘must protect consumer data’

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced that the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content opens up an opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Europe’s competition chief warns on algorithms

Europe’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has warned companies against using algorithms to block rivals or form cartels, saying she may slap heftier fines on them if they use such software to commit wrongdoing, Reuters reports.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

World Bank deems mobile money a success in Tanzania

In less than eight years, there has been extraordinary progress in bringing the majority of Tanzanians into the mobile money revolution, mostly by adopting an efficient, low-cost mobile money transfer system.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Europe and India discuss common regulatory themes

The European regulators’ body, BEREC, organises an international mission to a country outside the EU each year, to get insights regarding the country’s electronic communications and digital markets and to promote bilateral relations.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Media literacy mapped in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a study on media literacy, said to be the first major mapping exercise to survey the field in Europe,...

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mobile money market going strong

The GSMA has released its sixth ‘State of the industry report on mobile money’, which looks back across the decade since the pioneering launch of M-Pesa in Kenya,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Guyana sets liberalisation date

Guyana’s minister of public telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, has pledged that the nation’s telecom sector will finally be liberalised by the end of May this year,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Canada rules on downstream resellers

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a regulatory policy imposing new direct regulatory obligations on telecoms service providers (TSPs) in Canada, notes the Canadian Tech Law blog.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Ireland’s regulator in the spotlight

“Regulation – much like death and taxes – is inevitable and in protecting citizens and industry, ComReg will have to change its game,” writes John Kennedy in Silicon Republic, commenting on Ireland’s regulator.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

UK releases digital and 5G strategies

The UK government has published its latest digital strategy, outlining its plans for stimulating an inclusive digital economy and announcing a planned investment of over £1 billion for accelerating the development of next generation digital infrastructure,...

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

Danish consumer groups reports Google for privacy concerns

A Danish consumer watchdog has reported Google to the Danish data protection agency for potentially breaking privacy laws by not capping the amount of time personal data is stored on Google's servers, Reuters reports.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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