Regulatory Category

Scandal Hit Telecoms Minister Lied to the Prime Minister
April 16th 2015 - 03:17 GMT
India's former Telecoms Minister, A Raja, who presided over the 2008 GSM licenses scandal, mislead the Prime Minister at the time, a CBI report has concluded....more

Australia Realising the Benefits of Spectrum Harmonisation Efforts for Mobile Phones
April 14th 2015 - 04:54 GMT
Building on early support from Australia, Asia and Latin America, the push for near-universal adoption of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 'APT 700 MHz band' is gaining momentum around the globe....more

Ofcom Research Shows 4G Significantly Outperforms 3G Networks
April 10th 2015 - 03:10 GMT
4G networks delivered an average download speed of 14.7Mbit/s (compared with 5.9Mbit/s on 3G) and took 0.72 seconds to load a web page (compared with 1.04 seconds on 3G)....more

National Roaming Costs to Fall by Nearly a Quarter
April 10th 2015 - 00:45 GMT
The cost of roaming within India for locals is set to fall by nearly a quarter from the 1st May after the telecoms regulator slashed the maximum rates that the mobile networks can charge....more

Using Drones to Inspect Mobile Towers Infrastructure
April 8th 2015 - 03:00 GMT
Solusia Air says that it been awarded an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deploy unmanned aircraft systems (drones) to carry out safety inspections for wireless and utility infrastructure firms....more

Mali Considering Issuing a 4th Mobile License
April 8th 2015 - 00:10 GMT
Mali is reportedly considering issuing a fourth mobile operator license at the end of this year, when a lock-out clause granted to the current 3rd operator expires....more

India Plans Single Emergency Phone Number
April 7th 2015 - 23:00 GMT
India's telecoms regulator has proposed the creation of a single nationwide emergency call number for mobile phones, based on the same number that works in Europe....more

Free Mobile Has Met Its 3G Rollout Obligation
April 6th 2015 - 02:25 GMT
The regulator says that it has now emerged from these verifications that Free Mobile had met its obligation....more

Cell Phone 'bill Shock' Warnings Can Leave Consumers Worse off Says New Study
April 1st 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Policies that push cellphone carriers to alert customers when they're about to exceed their plan limit are supposed to make things better for consumers. ...more

Telenor Set to Launch 4G in Serbia
March 10th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Telenor has won two blocks in the 1800 Mhz frequency band spectrum auction in Serbia....more

Fitch: Net Neutrality Rules May Affect Telecom Investment Plans
March 3rd 2015 - 02:20 GMT
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision on net neutrality could affect telecom investment plans, according to Fitch Ratings....more

MTS-Ukraine Wins 3G License
February 24th 2015 - 00:46 GMT
Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) says that its subsidiary Ukrainian subsidary has won a tender for a 3G license ...more

YouTube in Pakistan To Stay Blocked 'Indefinitely'
February 13th 2015 - 01:45 GMT
Officials in Pakistan say the country's ban on YouTube is set to remain in place \"indefinitely.\"...more

Wind Mobile to Participate in AWS-3 and 2500 MHz Spectrum Auctions
February 2nd 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Canada's Wind Mobile has submitted a deposit and confirmed its participation in the AWS-3 and 2500 MHz spectrum auctions scheduled for spring 2015....more

Free Mobile Granted Additional Radio Spectrum
January 15th 2015 - 01:20 GMT
The French mobile network operator, Free Mobile has been allocated an additional block of 1800Mhz spectrum by the telecoms regulator, Arcep....more

Australia Eases PrePay Registration Requirements
January 13th 2015 - 01:30 GMT
Australia's telecoms regulators have added two more options to the list of ways a customer can verify their identity when buying a prepay phone account....more

Afghan SIM Cards Blocked in Pakistan
December 29th 2014 - 23:00 GMT
The ban on roaming services for Afghan SIM cards will enable Pakistani security forces to fight militants more effectively, officials say....more

GSMA Calls for Telecoms Regulation Reform to Spur Growth in Europe
December 1st 2014 - 01:00 GMT
Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding the Telecoms Ministers' meeting on the Telecoms Single Market package in Brussels:...more

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