Regulatory Category

US Regulator to Fund Improvements to Rural Broadband Services
April 23rd 2014 - 18:40 GMT
The US telecoms regulator, the FCC has taken steps toward implementing the next phase of its program for expanding broadband internet access in rural parts of the USA,...more

Google Tops League of Spending on Lobbying US Politicians
April 23rd 2014 - 17:25 GMT
Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, ...more

Duma Tightens Control Over Bloggers, Social Networks
April 23rd 2014 - 09:05 GMT
Russia's State Duma has passed tough new restrictions on social-networking sites and bloggers....more

South Korean Networks Agree to Curb Handset Subsidies
April 17th 2014 - 11:11 GMT
South Korea's three mobile networks have agreed to install a "circuit breaker" into their systems to prevent them from exceeding regulatory limits of handset subsidies....more

Zain Secures 4G License in Jordan
April 17th 2014 - 10:35 GMT
Jordan is expected to get its first LTE network by the end of this year after Zain was awarded the necessary license....more

Telecom Egypt to Pay 6% of Revenues for MVNO License
April 17th 2014 - 09:40 GMT
Egypt's state-controlled landline operator, Telecom Egypt is to pay 6% of the revenues from its soon to launch MVNO to the telecoms regulator as part of its license fee....more

Pakistan Regulator Denies Plans to Cancel 3G License Auction
April 16th 2014 - 17:30 GMT
Pakistan's telecoms regulator has refuted claims that there was a poor response to the planned 3G license auction, despite reports that the finance minister (Ishaq Dar) was furious about the lack of interest....more

Delay in Approving Outcome of Second New Zealand Radio Spectrum Auction
April 16th 2014 - 09:35 GMT
New Zealand's Commerce Commission has delayed its formal approval for Telekom NZ to purchase the remaining unsold block of 700Mhz spectrum....more

Lycamobile Censured Over Billing Problems
April 16th 2014 - 07:00 GMT
Australian MVNO, Lycamobile has been formally warned for breaching the billing accuracy rules in the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code (TCP Code)....more

Pakistan Disappoints with Just 4 Bidders for 3G Licenses
April 15th 2014 - 14:50 GMT
Pakistan's telecoms regulator, the PTA has confirmed that it received four bids to participate in the country's forthcoming 3G license auction, although no new entrants applied despite significant lobbying by the regulator to encourage them....more

Kenya Mulls Mandatory National Roaming Between Mobile Networks
April 14th 2014 - 11:29 GMT
Kenya's telecoms regulator has proposed new rules that would mandate the sharing of facilities by the country's mobile networks. ...more

Lime Bringing LTE to Antigua & Barbuda
April 14th 2014 - 11:19 GMT
Antigua & Barbuda based Lime, part of Cable & Wireless Communications has announced plans to launch LTE mobile data services having been awarded radio spectrum....more

Bharti Airtel Awarded 3G License by Chad Government
April 14th 2014 - 09:45 GMT
Bharti Airtel says that its Chadian subsidiary has been allocated both 3G and 4G licenses by the government of the African country....more

India Prepares for Fresh Radio Spectrum Auction
April 14th 2014 - 08:40 GMT
India's Department of Telecoms (DoT) is expected to start the process for auctioning off radio spectrum where the licenses are due to expire in a couple of years time....more

Zimbabwe Allocates Spectrum for LTE Services
April 11th 2014 - 12:39 GMT
The Zimbabwean mobile networks have been allocated LTE radio spectrum, the regulator, Potraz has announced....more

Kenya Grants Three MVNO Licenses
April 11th 2014 - 12:24 GMT
Kenya's telecoms regulator has formally awarded three MVNO licenses, to Finserve Africa, a subsidiary of Equity bank, Tangaza's Mobile and Zioncell Kenya....more

Norway to Consider Second Attempt to Sell Surplus 1800Mhz Spectrum
April 11th 2014 - 12:06 GMT
Norway's telecoms regulator has issued a consultation on plans to offer some 1800Mhz spectrum for sale that was left over from the auction that took place last December....more

Thai Regulator Gets Approval to Push Ahead with Spectrum Auction
April 11th 2014 - 10:30 GMT
Thailand's telecoms regulator, the NBTC has secured approval for plans to auction additional radio spectrum later this year....more

Facebook Warned About Privacy Concerns Following WhatsApp Purchase
April 11th 2014 - 08:47 GMT
Facebook has been warned about protecting customer privacy should its planned aquisition of WhatsApp get regulatory approval....more

Saudi Arabia to ReTender for Third MVNO License
April 9th 2014 - 18:02 GMT
The Saudi telecoms regulator is to issue a fresh tender for the country's third MVNO license after apparently canceling the one it issued to Axiom Telecom last year....more

European Commission Requests German Regulator to Lower Mobile Termination Rates
April 7th 2014 - 16:50 GMT
The European Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator (BNetzA) to amend or withdraw its plans which would result in mobile termination rates paid to Sipgate Wireless, a new operator on the German market, more than 80% higher than in most other Member States....more

USA Targets Telecoms Trade Barriers in China, Pakistan and India
April 7th 2014 - 10:52 GMT
A report by a US government office has highlighted what it says are trade barriers facing US telecoms firms seeking to operate in overseas markets....more

Nigerian Regulator Calls for Lower Taxes and Regulations at State Level
April 7th 2014 - 08:10 GMT
Nigeria's telecoms regulator has put the blame for poor mobile network quality in the country down, in part, to the complexity of local regulations and high taxes....more

Digicel Buys Block of 700Mhz Spectrum for Jamaican Network
April 4th 2014 - 11:55 GMT
Jamaica based Digicel has bought a block of 700Mhz radio spectrum, for just over half the price that the government failed to sell it at last year....more

America Movil to Challenge Ruling Declaring It a Dominant Telco
April 3rd 2014 - 18:09 GMT
Mexico's America Movil has confirmed that it is filing an objection to a regulatory ruling that declared the company to have a dominant position in the local telecoms market....more

It'll All Be Over by Christmas -- for European Roaming Charges
April 3rd 2014 - 11:41 GMT
Politicians in the European Parliament have voted in favour of legislation to end roaming charges by Christmas 2015,...more

Telecom Egypt Asked to Pay $359 Million for Mobile License
April 2nd 2014 - 18:57 GMT
Telecom Egypt will be asked to pay EGP2.5 billion (US$359 million) for the unified license that will permit it to offer mobile services, the country's Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy has announced....more

German Regulator to Claw Back Radio Spectrum from Merged Mobile Networks
April 1st 2014 - 19:19 GMT
Germany's telecoms regulator has indicated that it will claw back some of the radio spectrum held by E-Plus and O2 if their planned merger is approved....more

Kuwaiti Politicians Approve Plans for Independent Telecoms Regulator
April 1st 2014 - 17:20 GMT
Kuwait's politicians have approved a law that will see the creation of the country's first independent telecoms regulator....more

Romanian Networks Start Switching Radio Frequencies
April 1st 2014 - 11:05 GMT
Romania's mobile networks have started migrating their networks to the radio spectrum they won in a 2012 auction held by the regulator, Ancom....more

South African Regulator Wins Partial Victory in Attempt to Cut MTRs
April 1st 2014 - 10:45 GMT
A South African court has ruled that planned mobile termination rate cuts by the regulator are illegal, but will still permit them to go ahead anyway....more

Singapore to Slash Limit on PrePay SIM Card Ownership
April 1st 2014 - 08:45 GMT
Singapore's telecoms regulator has announced that it is cutting the number of PrePay SIM cards any single person can own to just three cards....more

US Regulator Planning Largest Spectrum Auction Since 2008
March 31st 2014 - 21:14 GMT
The USA's telecoms regulator has announced plans to auction off 65Mhz of radio spectrum. This will be the largest block made available for auction since the 700 MHz band was auctioned in 2008. ...more

Calls to Scrap 20% Tax on Telecoms Imports to Ghana
March 31st 2014 - 11:53 GMT
Ghana's Chamber of Telecommunications has called on the government to scrap the 20% import duty currently applied to telecoms equipment and mobile phones....more

FTC Approves Order Against Apple Charging for In-App Purchases Without Consent
March 30th 2014 - 10:51 GMT
The USA's Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving its allegations that Apple unfairly charged consumers for in-app purchases incurred by children without their parents' consent....more

Oman Plans Clamp Down on Roaming Bill Shock
March 30th 2014 - 09:50 GMT
Oman's telecom's regulator, the TRA is reportedly planning a roaming cap that would come into effect later this year....more

Essar Telecom Gets Conditional Approval to Sell Kenyan Mobile Network
March 29th 2014 - 09:35 GMT
Kenya's telecoms regulator has conditionally approved a deal by Safaricom and Bharti Airtel to buy the assets of Essar Telecom's closing down mobile network, Yu Mobile...more

Qualcomm Sale of Indian BWA Licenses Cleared by Regulator
March 29th 2014 - 09:05 GMT
Qualcomm has received approval to sell its remaining stake in it's Indian BWA spectrum holding company to Bharti Airtel....more

Zambia Confirms Plans to Issue 4th Mobile Operator License
March 28th 2014 - 12:16 GMT
Zambia's government has confirmed that it will issue a tender for a fourth mobile operator license, once it has completed the digital dividend migration....more

Taiwan to Release Additional LTE Radio Spectrum
March 28th 2014 - 08:20 GMT
Taiwan's government plans to release three blocks of 2.6Ghz radio spectrum totaling 190Mhz of capacity for LTE services, according to the National Communications Commission (NCC)....more