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India’s regulator issues OTT consultation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has re-started the debate on regulating over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype by issuing a consultation paper, “Regulatory framework for OTT communication services”. “This consultation paper seeks to analyse and discuss the implications of the growth of OTT services…

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Belgium’s ethics committee issues few sanctions Belgium’s ethics committee issues few sanctions

Belgium’s ethics committee for the telecoms sector, which regulates the use of premium numbers and paid SMS services, has issued just five sanctions from a total of 1,109 complaints received in the past five years, notes Telecompaper.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

US senators ask operators about net neutrality US senators ask operators about net neutrality

US politicians have pressed AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US and Verizon for answers about their network prioritisation policies, after a study found the operators slowed speeds for certain data services but not others, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

US spectrum auction starts slowly US spectrum auction starts slowly

The latest US airwave licence auction got off to a modest start with initial bids in the first two rounds totalling just $42 million and about one-third of the licences getting no opening bid at all, notes Fortune.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Market inquiry into mobile broadband in South Africa Market inquiry into mobile broadband in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will begin a market inquiry into mobile broadband services, reports BusinessTech. “In a statement on 16 November, Icasa said that the purpose of the inquiry is to assess the state of competition and determine whether or not there are markets or market segments within the mobile broadband services value chain which may warrant regulation.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

GSMA criticises Germany’s regulator on 5G conditions

The GSMA, the body for mobile operators, has welcomed the German government’s decision to release the entire 3.4 to 3.8 GHz band (C-band), essential for the future development of 5G services globally. But it warns that some of the currently proposed conditions on the allocation of these frequencies may slow Germany’s 5G future.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

French president speaks out on the internet and democracy French president speaks out on the internet and democracy

French president Emmanuel Macron has insisted that new laws are needed to limit and protect online content and the internet itself, reports the Register. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, Macron made repeated calls for additional regulation, and complained about the “false alternative” of self-regulation or government control.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

European Parliament votes for communications code and BEREC

The European Parliament has voted in favour of establishing the European Electronic Communications Code and an enhanced mandate for the body of European regulators (BEREC), as proposed by the European Commission in September 2016, as part of the digital single market strategy.

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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