There is a growing acknowledgement that traditional spectrum policy of direct and specific allocation may not be not the right way to deal with inevitable increased demand. Various solutions range from sharing spectrum bands to developing secondary markets and providing incentives to non-market users for better usage of this scarce resource. Regulators and policy makers face the challenge of balancing innovation and investment with regulation.
Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report. June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02
Continuing our coverage of spectrum auctions, Stefan Zehle explores further the pitfalls and implications for the public purse, drawing on key examples from the past decade. March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01
The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate. September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03
The hype about the next generation of mobile technology is likely to gather pace in the next few years, but currently there is a lot of scepticism about whether it qualifies as an integrated, great leap in progress, as Marc Beishon finds in this round-up July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02
Can broadcasting make the step into an increasingly mobile world? Roland Beutler discusses technology and business models in the context of public service remits, mobile network operators and the new world of 5G. October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03
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.
Australia’s opposition Labor party has said the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) must be properly resourced to carry out the spectrum reform agenda, pointing towards the lack of preparatory work mentioned in the 2017/18 federal budget, reports ZDNet.
German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), has outlined plans to hold ISPs accountable for when customers should be compensated for not receiving promised broadband speeds, reports Telecoms.com.
Thailand’s telecoms regulator is floating the idea of revamping the regulatory framework governing the provisions of telecoms and broadcasting services in Thailand with a unified licensing regime, notes the Bangkok Post.
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...
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.
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.
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,...
Sébastien Soriano, head of French regulator, Arcep, and current of the European regulators body, BEREC, took time at the recent Mobile World Congress to express BEREC’s views on the ongoing review of the regulatory framework and to share BEREC’s commitment to facilitate the implementation of European digital policy,...
The European Parliament has approved plans for coordination of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband services across the EU by 2020, notes Mobile World Live. The vote covers the use of the UHF (470MHz to 790MHz) band across the economic bloc...
Czech political parties have agreed to fast-track a new telecoms bill before elections in October that could reduce mobile phone bills for consumers, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said, as reported by Reuters.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking views from stakeholders on identifying obstacles in the current regulations hindering mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms sector, along with those complicating allotment, sharing and trading of airwaves, reports the Economic Times.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), a body that represents many of South Africa’s ISPs, has accused communications regulator Icasa of ignoring a policy directive from telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele over competition in broadband, reports TechCentral.
Slovak regulator, RU, is decreasing by 75% the fee for using radio frequencies in municipalities designated as white spots within its broadband programme, notes Telecompaper. “An operator which decides to cover such a municipality will save on costs associated with operation of a transmitter.
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,..."
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The South African government has approved its ICT Policy white paper, which has been in development since 2012, with the document outlining the establishment of a wireless open access network (OAN), reports TeleGeography.
The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web. As the authors say: “The new regulations are meant to support several of the Commission’s far-reaching strategic connectivity objectives...
A ‘minor miracle’ occurred recently when the Wifi Alliance announced a testing plan for coexistence between WiFi and LTE over unlicensed spectrum, writes Roslyn Layton in Forbes. “The episode illustrates that competing parties can find a mutual agreement without litigation or regulation, even in instances of sharing fiercely loved resources such as unlicensed spectrum.
The potential of the internet of things (IoT) is said to have ‘advanced significantly’ as oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications, Release 2.
The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband
Reuters reports that South Africa aims to double its mobile broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2019, according to the country's telecoms minister, who added that the government wants to reduce the high cost of communications.
In a decision of 7 April 2016, Portuguese telecoms regulator Anacom rejected full-service operator Nos's appeal against the watchdog's previous decision of 10 March 2016, which effectively brought into force the full gamut of 4G service coverage obligations for all holders of 800 MHz mobile licences auctioned in December 2011, reports TeleGeography.
The latest edition of ITU's annual global ICT regulatory report, Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2016, "charts and analyses the challenges and opportunities facing today's ICT regulators as services proliferate, platforms converge and network operators ready their infrastructure for the next round of data-intensive technologies, from 5G mobile to the internet of things (IoT)".
Norway's transport and communications minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, says a document has been drawn up concerning the development of electronic communications infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring digital employment in Norway.
South Korea’s three mobile network operators – SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus – are said to be forming a silent alliance in response to the government’s decision to set the largest-ever reserve price for the spectrum auction due to be conducted next month, reports TeleGeography.
Chile’s undersecretary of telecommunications, Pedro Huichalaf, has announced that operators will not be permitted to use the term ‘4.5G’ to describe the evolutions of LTE technology currently being rolled out, describing the early use of the term as “an excess of commercial enthusiasm”.
A report from the ITU and Cisco identifies the internet of things (IoT) as a major global development opportunity that has the potential to improve the lives of millions and dramatically accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Spectrum needed for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently meeting in Geneva from 2 to 27 November.
The FCC has released a list of final opening bid prices for broadcasters for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, and said the top opening bid price in the reverse part of the auction, where broadcasters will sell spectrum to the FCC, will be for a station in the New York City metropolitan area at $900 million, reports Fierce Wireless.
India has approved regulations allowing operators to share spectrum, reports Telecom Asia, but “while the development has been welcomed by India's mobile industry, the terms and conditions – including proposed extra charges – have not gone over so well”.
The GSMA has announced its Mobile IoT initiative, a project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies, designed to address the use of low power wide area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum.
Singapore's telecoms regulator (IDA) has proposed setting aside 60 MHz out of a total of 225 MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants, reports Mobile World Live.
The ITU has released the latest edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015, its report on global ICT regulatory developments. It "reveals a fast-evolving ICT landscape, as devices and services proliferate, broadband connectivity becomes increasingly pervasive, and the hyper-connected world of the internet of everything starts to become a reality".
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