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News from 2019

MEPs Approve New European Commission

The EU Parliament voted to approve Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen’s new Commission by 461 votes to 157 against, with 89 abstentions yesterday, reports The Parliament Magazine.

  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

Digicel T&T launches LTE-A Digicel T&T launches LTE-A

TeleGeography reports that Digicel Trinidad and Tobago has upgraded its networks with LTE-A technology using an undisclosed block of spectrum it says was awarded by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in July 2019.

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Singapore Unveils New AI Framework for Financial Institutions

Regulation Asia reports that the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has announced the launch of a new collaboration with the financial industry to create an artificial intelligence framework for financial institutions. This comes as the new National Artificial Intelligence strategy was announced by Singapore’s deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat at the Singapore FinTech Festival and Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF x SWITCH) 2019.

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Blacked-out front pages across Australia – Media rivals unite against government secrecy

As part of a nation-wide ‘Your Right to Know’ campaign for freedom of speech, Australia’s national and major metropolitan newspapers produced front pages on 21 October consisting of a heavily redacted memo. As seen in the Sydney Morning Herald, below it were the words “When government keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up?”

  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

5G broadcasting action group gets underway

The 5G Media Action Group (5G-MAG), a new association designed to give the media industry a voice in the 5G debate, has elected its first steering group and chair at the association’s inaugural general assembly on 16 October.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Benelux competition authorities issue joint memo on digital challenges

A joint memorandum of the Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg (Benelux) competition authorities has highlighted challenges faced by competition authorities in a digital world. They say they cannot address all the challenges faced by competition authorities and focus on merger control, the need for guidance in fast moving digital markets, and the debate on an ex ante instrument providing for binding commitments without the establishment of an infringement.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Australia acts on mobile number fraud Australia acts on mobile number fraud

Australia has announced telco regulations that prevent fraudsters from hijacking mobile numbers to access personal and financial information, and reduce phone scams, reports ZDNet. “Under the new industry wide measures, telcos will be required to introduce two-factor authentication, such as inputting a code on a website or responding to a text message, before mobile numbers can be transferred from one provider to another.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

 UK abandons plans for online porn age verification UK abandons plans for online porn age verification

Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the UK government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners, reports the Guardian.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

APAC Bytes October 2019 APAC Bytes October 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 14 October 2019

Bangladesh proposes a single spectrum licence Bangladesh proposes a single spectrum licence

Bangladesh’s government has proposed simplifying regulations by introducing a single spectrum licence for mobile operators to replace separate permits for each mobile technology, notes Mobile World Live, from an item in the Daily Star.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Coverage targets agreed for 5G spectrum licences in Germany Coverage targets agreed for 5G spectrum licences in Germany

Germany’s authorities and the country’s mobile operators have agreed to legally binding coverage targets in return for extended payment terms for the acquisition of 5G spectrum licences, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Taiwan’s regulator consults on 5G spectrum Taiwan’s regulator consults on 5G spectrum

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has defended a cap on the amount of bandwidth that operators will be able to acquire in its forthcoming auction of 5G-suitable spectrum, notes TeleGeography. According to the Taipei Times a discussion regarding the upcoming frequency sale was held involving representatives of the country’s telecoms providers.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Canada sets up accessibility council; lowers wholesale broadband rates

The organisations responsible for enforcing the Accessible Canada Act have announced the establishment of the Council of Federal Accessibility Agencies. The Accessible Canada Act, which became law in June 2019, requires member organisations of the council to work collaboratively to refer federal accessibility complaints to the right organisation and to foster complementary policies and practices.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Report finds negative impacts of high spectrum prices on consumers Report finds negative impacts of high spectrum prices on consumers

The GSMA, the mobile operators body, has issued a report with the main finding that the negative impacts of high spectrum prices on consumers “can no longer be disputed”. The report, titled “The impact of spectrum prices on consumers”, says that countries with poor spectrum policies – which either inflate spectrum or delay spectrum assignments – “are leading to millions of people being left unable to access mobile broadband services or experiencing reduced network quality”.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Arcep consults Europe-wide on spectrum; faces challenge to power of sanction

France’s communications regulator, Arcep, has brought together more than 20 representatives of national authorities from 15 European Union member states to outline the planned terms and procedure for awarding spectrum in the 3490–3800 GHz band in metropolitan France, and to elicit their feedback.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Margrethe Vestager promoted to European Commission VP Margrethe Vestager promoted to European Commission VP

The next president of the European Commission has steeled Europe for battles with Donald Trump over trade and tech regulation, handing more powers to the bloc’s top antitrust enforcer and urging Brussels to be robust in dealing with global rivals including China, reports the Financial Times.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Egypt opens ICT monitoring centre

Egyptian ICT minister, Amr Talaat, has inaugurated a national ICT monitoring centre, which is affiliated with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), notes Ecofin. “With this new development, the Egyptian government is confirming its ambition to improve the quality of telecoms and internet services provided to citizens..."

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Singapore launches digital industry and cybersecurity initiatives

Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore and the regulator, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), have joined forces to establish Digital Industry Singapore (DISG), to better support and capitalise on the growth opportunities for Singapore’s technology sector.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Germany clears 700 MHz band for operators Germany clears 700 MHz band for operators

Germany has completed the clearance of the 700 MHz band, which had previously been used by broadcasters, with operators now free to use the bandwidth to improve coverage, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Social media can combat extremist groups – report Social media can combat extremist groups – report

Removing extremist groups from social media is an effective way of destroying their fan bases, according to a study by the Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology. As the National reports, the researchers found that radical groups do not necessarily thrive on alternative platforms once they have been removed from the mainstream.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Mauritania is facing telecoms challenges

Mauritania's small population and low economic output has limited the country’s ability to develop sustained growth, notes Developing Telecoms, citing a report by Research & Markets. “There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Mission to Georgia helped build its regulatory framework Mission to Georgia helped build its regulatory framework

A 19 month project with over 190 expert missions to Georgia comprising Lithuanian, German and Polish experts has helped define secondary legislation and guidelines on communications in line with EU standards for the country.

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ofcom issues public service broadcasting measures Ofcom issues public service broadcasting measures

Ofcom, the UK regulator, has announced a range of measures “to ensure that public service broadcasters (PSBs) continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”.

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ethiopia adopts telecoms proclamation

The Communications Service Proclamation has been adopted by the Ethiopian Parliament and introduces a number of major changes into the Ethiopian telecoms sector. Commentary from DLA Piper's telecoms team notes that the most important aspect of the proclamation is that it has liberalised the sector, which has been monopolised by the government for many decades.

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

New discussion paper on setting standards for Artificial Intelligence

Standards Australia has published a discussion paper ‘Developing Standards for Artificial Intelligence: Hearing Australia’s Voice’, as part of a process to ensure Australian stakeholders stay engaged with the global AI rollout, including AI-based solutions and governance.

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

What makes an Electronic Communications Service? (Part 2) What makes an Electronic Communications Service? (Part 2)

On 13 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) published its ruling on the classification of Gmail in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the German Courts. Gmail is a web-based email service, and is a type of “Over-The-Top” (“OTT”) service.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

New Zealand embarks on digital economy plan

A new domain plan to measure New Zealand’s ongoing evolution into a digital nation has been released by Stats NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Government statistician, Liz MacPherson, says that the release of a digital nation domain plan is a step towards “making sure that we’re collecting essential data to track and understand how new and emerging technologies are affecting New Zealand.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

US committee investigates the dominance of tech giants

The US House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, the media and the spread of misinformation online, reports Courthouse News.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

European court rules on communications status of Skype and Gmail European court rules on communications status of Skype and Gmail

The European Court of Justice (EJC) has ruled that Skype and similar voice over internet (VoIP) communications providers are subject to rules governing electronic communications services in some cases, following a dispute between the company and the Belgian telecoms regulator, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

UK citizens get right to ‘decent and affordable’ broadband

Everyone in the UK will have the legal right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection from March next year, the regulator, Ofcom, has confirmed. “We are implementing the UK government’s ‘universal broadband service’ – a safety net that will give eligible homes and businesses a legal right to request a decent connection.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Ofcom’s Sharon White to leave this year

Sharon White , chief executive of UK regulator, Ofcom, is leaving to become chair of the John Lewis Partnership, a retail organisation. She is expected to leave by the end of the year.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

India aims to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt operators India aims to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt operators

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has stepped up its efforts to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt cellco Aircel, demanding that the firm return its airwaves on the basis that the DoT is owed dues from the defunct provider, notes TeleGeography.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

APAC Bytes June 2019 APAC Bytes June 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Press Council concerns on Police raids of journalists’ office and home Press Council concerns on Police raids of journalists’ office and home

The Australian Press Council has responded to raids by the Australian Federal Police in June 2019. The raid on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Sydney headquarters were over ‘the Afghan Files’ – a series of investigative stories published in 2017 revealing allegations of unlawful conduct by Australian special forces that were based on secret documents leaked to the ABC.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

France issues interim report on regulating Facebook and other social media

A report submitted to the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, and titled “Creating a French framework to make social media platforms more accountable: Acting in France with a European vision”, recommends that French authorities should have more access to Facebook’s algorithms to audit its policies on hate speech.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

US competition agency reports on technology task force

The US Federal Trade Commission has testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce about its efforts to protect consumers and promote competition.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ITU defines OTT and issues policy and regulatory framework recommendation

The ITU has approved a recommendation addressing the relationship between network operators and providers of over the top (OTT) applications. It says recommendation ITU-T D.262 “provides parameters for the analysis of the new economic dynamics of the ICT ecosystem and how policy and regulatory frameworks could promote competition, consumer protection, consumer benefits, dynamic innovation, sustainable investment and infrastructure development, accessibility and affordability in relation to the global growth of OTTs”.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Ofcom’s CEO highlights risk of lack of telecoms equipment choice Ofcom’s CEO highlights risk of lack of telecoms equipment choice

Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom, the UK regulator, has said that the small number of equipment suppliers has created systemic risks to the country’s networks that may need to be addressed with regulation. She made the remarks amid tensions with the US over whether Britain will permit equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei to be used for next-generation 5G telecom services, reports Bloomberg.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

GSMA issues report on 5G spectrum auction concerns GSMA issues report on 5G spectrum auction concerns

The GSMA has raised concerns about 5G spectrum auction design “artificially inflating prices, or inefficiently distributing already scarce spectrum resources, which risk harming consumers”. “Auctions can and do fail when poorly designed,” said Brett Tarnutzer, the GSMA’s head of spectrum.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Australian authority opposes merger on both mobile and broadband grounds Australian authority opposes merger on both mobile and broadband grounds

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided to oppose the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). The ACCC has concluded that it is likely to substantially lessen competition in the supply of mobile services because the merger would preclude TPG entering as the fourth mobile network operator in Australia.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

APAC Bytes April 2019 APAC Bytes April 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Monday, 15 April 2019

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Contract for the Web

Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, unveiled the World Wide Web Foundation’s global plan of action, Contract for the Web, at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Berlin on 25 November.

  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Angela Merkel urges EU to seize control of data from Silicon Valley Angela Merkel urges EU to seize control of data from Silicon Valley

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has urged Europe to seize control of its data from Silicon Valley tech giants, in an intervention that the Financial Times says highlights the EU’s growing willingness to challenge the US dominance of the digital economy.

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Paraguay assumes the presidency of Regulatel

The Paraguayan regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) has assumed the presidency of the Latin American Forum of Telecommunications Regulators...

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Jonathan Oxley Appointed Ofcom interim CEO

Ofcom has announced that Jonathan Oxley will become interim chief executive while the process to appoint a permanent chief executive continues. He will take on the role at the end of November, when Sharon White leaves, reports Mobile News.

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

APAC Bytes November 2019 APAC Bytes November 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Brazil telecoms modernisation law signed by president Brazil telecoms modernisation law signed by president

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a law modernising Brazil’s telecoms regulations in a move long expected by the industry to allow new investment opportunities and help salvage bankrupt carrier Oi, reports Reuters.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Singapore ups 5G spectrum allocation to four operators Singapore ups 5G spectrum allocation to four operators

Singapore’s communications regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has revised its plans for the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum, saying it now intends all four mobile network operators (MNOs) to roll out 5G networks starting from next year, up from its original plan to have just two, reports Telegeography.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Germany’s regulator consults on security requirements; clarifies local 5G rules

Germany’s Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), is consulting on a revision of the catalogue of security requirements for operating telecoms and data processing systems and for processing personal data. “It is essential to protect information and communication systems against threats. The updated security requirements for telecommunications networks and services play an important role in this,” said Jochen Homann, BNetzA president.

  • Monday, 21 October 2019

Acting director-general appointed at Kenya’s regulator

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed Mercy Wanjau as acting director-general to replace Francis Wangusi whose tenure has ended. The board of directors chair, Ngene Gituku, said the appointment has been made to ensure that CA continues to discharge its mandate seamlessly.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Facebook highlights data portability issues

Facebook has called on regulators and other experts to answer key questions to help it forge its strategy around protecting user privacy while meeting demand for increased data portability, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Paper looks at goals of informal regulator networks

A paper in the Journal of Common Market Studies, titled “Networks as ‘first best’? Network entrepreneurship and venue shifting in the establishment of the network of Euro‐Mediterranean energy regulators, considers that regulatory networks are usually considered a “second best” instrument of policy integration.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

US proposes rural development fund for broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed taking its biggest single step to date toward closing the rural digital divide by establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would direct up to $20.4 billion to expand broadband in unserved rural areas.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

 Greece gets broadband help from Europe Greece gets broadband help from Europe

The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, €300 million of public support for Greece's ultrafast broadband infrastructure scheme, which aims to provide broadband services to customers in areas with insufficient connectivity.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

 US states embark on competition investigations of Google and Facebook US states embark on competition investigations of Google and Facebook

Attorneys generals for 50 US states and territories have announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web, reports the Washington Post.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

Germany considers competition framework for the digital economy

A commission of experts on “competition law 4.0”, set up by Germany’s Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and chaired by Martin Schallbruch, Heike Schweitzer and Achim Wambach, has presented its recommendations for a new competition framework for the digital economy to the minister.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

APAC Bytes August 2019 APAC Bytes August 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Tuesday, 10 September 2019

France’s regulators draw up data-driven memo; Arcep reports on future networks

Several French regulators – the competition authority, AMF, Arafer, Arcep, CNIL, CRE and CSA –  have held a meeting to draw up a memorandum on data-driven regulation, which they say “creates the ability to make stakeholders more accountable, increases the regulator’s capacity for analysis and makes more information available to users and civil society”.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Mission to Georgia helped build its regulatory framework

A 19 month project with over 190 expert missions to Georgia comprising Lithuanian, German and Polish experts has helped define secondary legislation and guidelines on communications in line with EU standards for the country.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

UN reports on surveillance software and human rights

The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, has commented on two reports issued by United Nations Special Rapporteurs “that demonstrate the dangerous effects of unchecked technology in the hands of autocrats”...

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

European Commission embarks on pilot phase in AI ethics European Commission embarks on pilot phase in AI ethics

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of its ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI). At the first AI Alliance Assembly, held in Brussels, the High-Level Expert Group on AI announced two developments, including an assessment list for trustworthy AI, developed by a group of 52 independent experts.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Brazil approves data protection as a fundamental right Brazil approves data protection as a fundamental right

The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposal to add protection of data in digital platforms to the list of fundamental rights and individual citizen guarantees set out in the country's constitution, reports ZDNet.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

UK business body calls for a digital economy regulator UK business body calls for a digital economy regulator

Britain’s Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for a new, independent regulator that can play “a crucial role in building trust in the digital economy”. It says that current proposals risk falling short of the UK government’s ambition to be the best and safest place to build a digital business.

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

New safeguards for telecommunications consumers in Australia

Revised consumer protection rules approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will impact Telcos, requiring them to explain terms and conditions clearly and to assess a customer’s capacity to pay.

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

 Open letter calls for UK to abandon chat services surveillance proposal Open letter calls for UK to abandon chat services surveillance proposal

A proposal by the UK’s security agency, GCHQ, that would enable eavesdropping on encrypted chat services has been condemned as a “serious threat” to digital security and human rights, reports the Guardian. “In an open letter signed by more than 50 companies, civil society organisations and security experts – including Apple, WhatsApp, Liberty and Privacy International – GCHQ was called on to abandon its so-called ‘ghost protocol’, and instead focus on ‘protecting privacy rights, cybersecurity, public confidence, and transparency’.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

French agencies examine the connected speaker market

Hadopi, the France’s copyright agency, and Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), France’s media regulator, have conducted a joint study on the connected speaker market, which is an issue for both institutions. These issues are also of interest to other regulatory authorities, including telecoms regulator, ARCEP, the competition authority, and CNIL, the data privacy agency, which contributed to the work.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Cook Islands issues competition policy consultation

The Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has released a draft telecoms market competition policy for consultation. The Cook Islands has been serviced by a single operator, partly-owned by the government, under a legislated monopoly since 1989, with limited independent oversight.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Canada’s regulator makes broadband fund call

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a first call for applications for a broadband fund. The CRTC is accepting applications for projects in the Canadian territories and satellite-dependent communities, where there is a great need for improved broadband internet and mobile wireless services.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

FCC’s broadband deployment report comes under fire

Ajit Pai, chair of US regulator FCC, has commented on USTelecom’s release of broadband investment figures for 2018, and the FCC’s own 2019 broadband deployment report (which was reissued after problems with data), saying that “the latest evidence reaffirms that our policies are working..."

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

‘Deepfake’ videos pose political threat ‘Deepfake’ videos pose political threat

Top artificial-intelligence researchers are racing to defuse an extraordinary political weapon: computer-generated fake videos that could undermine candidates and mislead voters during the 2020 presidential campaign, reports the Washington Post.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Europe’s competition commissioner warns on digital monopolies Europe’s competition commissioner warns on digital monopolies

The EU should be “ready to act” should social values such as “privacy, freedom and fairness” be under threat from expanding digital monopolies, the bloc’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, has said, reports EurActiv.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

Intellectual Property Data Platform free trials

The Intellectual Property Data Platform initiative from IP Australia will enable researchers and policy makers to investigate and interrogate data in a powerful cloud-based analytical environment.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Parents seeking safety in the digital world Parents seeking safety in the digital world

“95% of parents want more information about online safety,” says Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who has conducted research on parenting in the digital age. The first government agency in the world dedicated to online safety, eSafety produced the report ‘Parenting in the digital age’ to explore the experience of parents and carers raising children in a fast-paced connected world.

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

EU Court of Justice Determines that SkypeOut is an Electronic Communications Service EU Court of Justice Determines that SkypeOut is an Electronic Communications Service

On 5 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU") published its ruling on the classification of SkypeOut in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Belgian Courts. Skype is a Voice over IP service ("VoIP") whereas the SkypeOut component is an interconnected VoIP service that allows the service to dial out to landline and mobile numbers.

  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

US mobile operator merger could increase prices US mobile operator merger could increase prices

Despite a lengthy process that started way back in the spring of 2018, US mobile operators Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to extend the deadline for their proposed merger another 2 months until 29 June, reports Gizmodo.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

European regulation centre publishes platform economy report

The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) has published “Market definition and market power in the platform economy”, which provides guidance on how to define markets and on how to assess market power when dealing with two-sided platforms.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Rwanda set to regulate social media Rwanda set to regulate social media

Rwanda’s government is aiming to regulate social media content, a move which is intended to curb the spread of misinformation, according to the minister for ICT and innovation, Paula Ingabire, as AllAfrica reports.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Dutch regulator focuses on net neutrality and infrastructure implications of 5G Dutch regulator focuses on net neutrality and infrastructure implications of 5G

Dutch regulator, ACM, plans to work on two themes concerning 5G, reports Telecompaper: the application of net neutrality and infrastructure sharing. “A spokesperson for the ACM said the application of net neutrality raises important questions for 5G and infrastructure sharing will become relevant again once operators start rolling out 5G networks.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

France, Canada, line up consumers for internet quality testing

Arcep, France’s regulator, has published a draft decision for public consultation on implementing an application programming interface (API), to be installed directly in operators’ boxes, for measuring the quality of fixed internet services.

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

APAC Bytes May 2019 APAC Bytes May 2019

Industry and regulatory news from the Asia Pacfic region compiled by TRPC.

  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference ACMA releases Scam Technology Project Terms of Reference

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will, in consultation with key stakeholders, undertake a Scam Technology Project (the Project) to explore practical technological solutions to address the proliferation of scams over Australian telecommunications networks.

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

IIC Canadian Chapter Annual Conference rescheduled for early 2020

The Canadian Chapter has recently decided to reschedule its traditional fall annual conference, which had been scheduled for October 1 and 2nd. Recognizing that this date was close to the 50th Annual IIC conference in London, the Canadian chapter decided to reschedule the conference until early in 2020.

  • Sunday, 07 April 2019

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