Regulatory Category

Zain Iraq Granted a 3G Operator License
November 16th 2014 - 23:35 GMT
Zain's Iraqi subsidiary has been granted a 3G license by the telecoms regulator....more

Fitch:Acquiring Auction Spectrum Would Bolster US Operator Strategy
November 13th 2014 - 01:45 GMT
Acquiring scarce spectrum resources is an important strategic key for many wireless operators and the upcoming advanced wireless services-3 (AWS-3) auction scheduled for Nov. 13, 2014 will allow for gains that could help bolster long-term strategy, ...more

Spectrum Scarcity Sparks Need for Regulatory Support and Research
October 22nd 2014 - 01:00 GMT
4G Americas outlines benefits and recommendations for spectrum sharing...more

French Regulator Cites Operators for Missing 3G Rollout Obligations
October 20th 2014 - 01:00 GMT
The French telecoms regulator, Arcep has cited three mobile networks as having missed rollout obligations for their 3G networks in the French overseas departments....more

Three Fined by the Regulator for Poor Customer Care
October 9th 2014 - 03:05 GMT
The UK's telecoms regulator, Ofcom has fined Three £250,000 for failing to comply with rules on handling customer complaints....more

Marriott Hotel Fined for Blocking Cellular Backhauled Wi-Fi Devices
October 4th 2014 - 01:20 GMT
USA based hotel chain, Marriott has been fined US$600,000 after settling an investigation into claims that it intentionally interfered with and disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers ...more

Russia Asks Facebook, Gmail, Twitter To Register As Information Distributors
September 26th 2014 - 03:40 GMT
Russia's mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has officially asked social network Facebook, e-mail service Gmail, and microblogging site Twitter to register in Russia as \"organizers of information distribution.\" ...more

Australian Telco Industry Steps Strategy to Combat Online Copyright Infringement
September 7th 2014 - 23:00 GMT
Australia's telecommunications industry has sought formal regulatory approval to launch a "Follow-the-Money" strategy that will act to reduce the economic incentive to promote or facilitate online copyright infringement....more

GSMA Calls for Reduction of Mobile-Specific Taxation
September 1st 2014 - 23:30 GMT
The GSMA has called upon governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to review their approach to the increasing tax burden imposed on the mobile industry....more

Norway Delays 1800Mhz Spectrum Auction
September 1st 2014 - 23:00 GMT
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has decided to postpone the 1800 MHz auction....more

Moldcell Acquires New Licenses in Moldova
August 14th 2014 - 03:10 GMT
TeliaSonera's subsidiary Moldcell in Moldova, has acquired new licenses and radio frequencies, valid for a 15-year term starting November 6, 2014....more

Operator of Mobile Cramming Scheme Will Pay More Than $1.2 Million in FTC Settlement
August 14th 2014 - 01:40 GMT
The operator of a massive mobile cramming scheme has agreed to surrender more than US$1.2 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges, ...more

Russia Bans Anonymous Access To Wi-Fi
August 8th 2014 - 08:00 GMT
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order prohibiting anonymous access to Wi-Fi in public places....more

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda And South Sudan Agree to Slash Roaming Charges
August 7th 2014 - 23:00 GMT
Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda And South Sudan have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a \"One-Network-Area\" by the end of his year....more

Ofcom Consults on Licence Fees for Mobile Spectrum
August 4th 2014 - 01:25 GMT
The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom has published plans to revise the annual licence fees for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands used by mobile network operators....more

USA Allows Phone Unlocking Again
August 2nd 2014 - 01:10 GMT
The US President has signed a new law that makes it legal for Americans to unlock their mobile phone when it is SIM-locked to their original mobile network provider....more

Bharti Airtel Secures 3G License in Niger
July 31st 2014 - 01:20 GMT
Bharti Airtel has confirmed that its existing GSM license in the African country of Niger has been renewed, and that it has also been granted a 3G license....more

French Regulator to Consult on the Use of Unlicensed Radio Spectrum
July 28th 2014 - 01:00 GMT
The French telecoms regulator, Arcep has opened a consultation on the use of unlicensed radio spectrum in the country, chiefly the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands....more

Apple Censured Over In-App Payments Policies
July 23rd 2014 - 07:00 GMT
Apple has been censured by the European Union after it failed to amend adverts for mobile apps that encourage in-app payments....more

Telefonica Loses Appeal Against $205 Million Regulatory Fine
July 18th 2014 - 02:40 GMT
Spain's Telefonica has lost an appeal against a fine imposed on it after it was found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the domestic broadband market....more

US Schools and Libraries to Receive $2 Billion to Improve Wi-Fi Coverage
July 18th 2014 - 01:00 GMT
The US telecoms regulator has agreed to offer US$2 billion in funding to boost the uptake of Wi-Fi services in schools and public libraries....more

US Senators Approve Cellphone Unlocking Legislation
July 17th 2014 - 01:45 GMT
The US Senate's Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved legislation that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers....more

USA Considers Scrapping Regulatory Labels on Mobile Phones
July 15th 2014 - 01:30 GMT
US politicians are proposing a new law that could see fewer labels needed on consumer electronics devices confirming that the product complies with regulations....more

British Telecom Wins Court Battle with Mobile Networks Over Free Phone Calls
July 14th 2014 - 01:40 GMT
The UK's dominant landline operator, British Telecom has won a court battle with the mobile networks over the cost of terminating so-called freephone calls on its network....more

Two French Networks Ordered to Improve 4G Coverage Map Accuracy
July 14th 2014 - 01:05 GMT
The French telecoms regulator has ordered two of the country's mobile network operators to improve the accuracy of the coverage maps they present to customers....more

Zimbabwe Sets Revenue Target for LTE Spectrum Auction
July 13th 2014 - 23:30 GMT
Zimbabwe's government is looking to auction off 4G licenses later this year, with the aim of raising at least US$173 million from the mobile networks....more

Canada to Consult on Plans for Radio Spectrum Auction
July 8th 2014 - 02:50 GMT
The Canadian government has outlined, in brief, its plans to auction off additional radio spectrum next year....more

Foxconn Drops Huawei to Secure 4G License
July 8th 2014 - 01:20 GMT
Taiwan's Foxconn has been awarded a 4G license by the Taiwan regulator, but only after it dropped plans to award the network rollout contract to China's Huawei....more

Government and Mobile Operators Must Collaborate to Resolve Nigeria's Service Problems
July 7th 2014 - 07:10 GMT
While the Nigerian telecommunications sector has witnessed phenomenal growth since the turn of the millennium, the time has come for operators and government agencies alike to act in tandem to stem the unacceptable levels of service quality that continue to plague the industry....more

Kenyan Regulator Investigates Use of Ultra-Thin SIM Cards
July 7th 2014 - 01:50 GMT
Kenya's telecoms regulator has said that it will seek outside expert advice on the use of embedded SIM cards following a complaint by Safaricom....more

India Mulls Additional 3G Radio Spectrum Auction
July 6th 2014 - 23:40 GMT
India's government is considering a sale of additional radio spectrum that could be used by the mobile networks to address a lack of spectrum capacity that is holding back some 3G network upgrades....more

Russia Passes Internet Data Law
July 5th 2014 - 00:30 GMT
Russia's parliament has passed a law requiring Internet sites to store data of Russian citizens inside the country....more

Kenya's Safaricom Renews Its Operating License
July 4th 2014 - 01:25 GMT
Kenya's Safaricom has secured a 10-year extension on its operating license after it agreed to the SH2.3 billion (US$25 million) license fee....more

Norway to Auction 1800Mhz Spectrum Next Year
July 3rd 2014 - 01:50 GMT
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has decided to award the three available blocks in the 1800 MHz band by multiround ascending auction....more

Chinese Networks Secure 4G License Modifications
July 3rd 2014 - 01:00 GMT
China's two smaller mobile networks have had their 4G licenses modified to enable them to offer FDD based LTE services....more

Israel Publishes 4G License Documents
July 2nd 2014 - 23:45 GMT
Israel's Ministry of Communications has published a tender for 1800MHz frequencies, for use by 4G technologies....more

CRTC to Ensure Telecoms Networks Can Support Next-gen 911 Services
June 26th 2014 - 00:00 GMT
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has outlined the steps it will take to enhance Canadians' access to existing 9-1-1 services and facilitate the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 services....more

Existing Technology Can Meet Proposed Standards for Indoor Location Accuracy
June 24th 2014 - 23:45 GMT
A study of indoor tests of a hybrid wireless location technology was submitted to the US telecoms regulator which claims that existing technologies can satisfy location requirements within the timeframe proposed by the FCC...more

Mobile Termination Rates Down by Nearly a Third Since 2011
June 24th 2014 - 02:00 GMT
The average global mobile termination rate (MTR) has fallen to US$0.043 in 2013, compared to a global average of US$0.084 in 2009, according to analysis of 118 countries,...more

Togo to Award a 3rd Mobile Operator License Shortly
June 23rd 2014 - 02:00 GMT
The government of Togo has authorised plans to award a third mobile operator license for the country. ...more