Regulatory Category

USA Regulator Fines Chines Firm Selling Phone Jammers
May 26th 2016 - 01:20 GMT
The USA's Federal Communications Commission has issued a $34.9 million fine against a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for selling signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers....more

Triple Zero (000) Calls from Mobiles Easier to Locate
May 2nd 2016 - 02:40 GMT
Calls in Australia to Triple Zero (000) from mobile phones now contain improved location information, following upgrades to the Triple Zero (000) service....more

Radio Spectrum in Latin America, Far From Ideally Allocated
April 27th 2016 - 01:25 GMT
None of the Latin American countries have reached 50% of the 1300 MHz suggested by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for 2015....more

Google Slashes Political Lobbying Outlay by a Quarter
April 26th 2016 - 01:20 GMT
Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies ...more

ACCC Reports Growing Data Consumption and Stable Prices in the Telecoms Sector
April 20th 2016 - 02:25 GMT
Industry members have responded to the increase in demand by investing in their fixed and mobile networks to make sure that they have sufficient capacity to meet the data traffic....more

Majority of Wireless Consumers Support Abolition of Net Neutrality
April 13th 2016 - 01:20 GMT
A new CTIA-commissioned Harris Poll survey found that Americans would overwhelmingly welcome new free data options that allow consumers to access more content and services without counting against their data plan....more

UAE Bans Snapchap App
April 11th 2016 - 02:40 GMT
The UAE's two mobile networks have both blocked the latest version of the Snapchat app for violating local VoIP regulations....more

Japanese Networks Ordered to Stop Heavy Discounting
April 6th 2016 - 01:45 GMT
Two of Japan's mobile networks have been ordered to reduce the discounts they are offering on some smartphones which breach guidelines aimed at ending high discounting....more

Gulf Operators Cut Roaming Rates
April 5th 2016 - 02:30 GMT
The UAE's telecoms regulator has ordered the country's two mobile network operators to cut the cost of roaming overseas within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries....more

Lifting Restrictions and Better Regulation to Unleash the Digital Economy in Palestine
April 1st 2016 - 02:35 GMT
A new World Bank report estimates the Palestinian mobile sector revenue losses at more than US$1 billion in the last three years....more

Politician Wants Texting While Walking to Be Banned
March 29th 2016 - 01:40 GMT
The US state of New Jersey is proposing a new law that would make it illegal to walk, while also sending a text message....more

Confusion As Outcome of Thai 4G Spectrum Auction in Doubt
March 22nd 2016 - 01:45 GMT
The top bidder in Thailand's recent radio spectrum auction has missed a deadline to make its initial payment throwing the whole process into doubt....more

Saudi Arabia to Ban Foreigners From Selling Mobile Phones
March 21st 2016 - 02:50 GMT
Saudi Arabia's government has passed a decree banning foreign workers from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them....more

Videocon Ditches Idea Cellular for Airtel in Radio Spectrum Deal
March 17th 2016 - 01:25 GMT
India's Videocon has walked away from a deal to sell radio spectrum to Idea Cellular, and instead sold it to Bharti Airtel....more

Verizon Wireless Hit by $1.4 Million Super Cookie Fine
March 8th 2016 - 02:00 GMT
USA based Verizon Wireless has been fined US$1.4 million by the telecoms regulator for using so-called \"super cookies\" without customer's consent....more

Thai Regulator Blocks Plans for 4G at 1800Mhz
March 7th 2016 - 02:30 GMT
Thailand's telecoms regulator has blocked plans by DTAC to refarm some of its unused 1800Mhz spectrum for LTE services....more

Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) Establishes Global Spectrum Group
March 7th 2016 - 01:40 GMT
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) Executive Committee comprising of Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm have agreed to form a global spectrum group...more

First Mobile Trader Sentenced Following Commission's Mobile Trader Report
March 1st 2016 - 04:00 GMT
A New Zealand based retailer, Flexi Buy has been fined $50,000 in the Auckland District Court. A further $3,408 was awarded in damages to affected customers....more

Indian Court Upholds Dropped Calls Compensation Claims
February 29th 2016 - 01:40 GMT
An Indian court has upheld plans by the telecoms regulator to force mobile networks to offer compensation to customers when their network drops a call....more

French Regulator to Monitor Rural Coverage Quality
February 23rd 2016 - 03:10 GMT
France's telecoms regulator, Arcep is launching its first observatory for monitoring mobile operators' deployments in sparsely populated areas....more

13 Percent Drop in Telco Complaints in Context
February 22nd 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Complaints as a proportion of telcos' services in operation (SIO) were almost 13 percent lower in the December quarter 2015 and 27 percent lower compared to the same time the previous year, ...more

Lycamobile's Complaints-handling Draws Criticism
February 16th 2016 - 02:20 GMT
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has directed mobile service provider Lycamobile to comply with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code following a complaints-handling investigation....more

Oman Considers a Third Mobile Network
February 16th 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Oman's government has urged the telecoms regulator to open up a tender for a third mobile operator license....more

Myanmar to Name 4th Mobile Network Shortly
February 12th 2016 - 01:25 GMT
Myanmar's fourth mobile network license is set to be awarded later this month, the government has confirmed, after seven companies submitted bids....more

MTC Blames Regulator for 3G Coverage Expansion Delays
February 11th 2016 - 02:05 GMT
Namibia's MTC has blamed delays in a network upgrade on the lack of radio spectrum being supplied by the telecoms regulator....more

Arcep Accepting Applications for 3G and 4G Spectrum in Overseas Markets
February 11th 2016 - 01:25 GMT
The French telecoms regulator has Arcep proposed to the Government that it issue a call for 4G network deployments...more

Commission Releases Report on Unfair Contract Terms in the Telco Sector
February 10th 2016 - 02:25 GMT
New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released a report detailing the findings of its review of standard form consumer contracts in the telecommunications sector. ...more

Commission Proposes to Boost Mobile Internet Services with High-quality Radio Frequencies
February 10th 2016 - 01:45 GMT
The European Commission has presented a proposal to coordinate the use of the 700MHz band for mobile services....more

India Bans Facebook's Free Website Service
February 9th 2016 - 03:25 GMT
India's telecoms regulator has banned mobile networks from offering free access to the Facebook website in a growing row over net neutrality issues....more

Etisalat Sues to Block MTN's Use of CDMA Radio Spectrum
February 9th 2016 - 02:20 GMT
Etisalat Nigeria has launched legal action to block rival network MTN from using 800Mhz spectrum that it gained access to when it bought the CDMA network operator, Visafone....more

Australia Auctions Off Blocks of 1800Mhz Spectrum
February 9th 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Australian mobile networks have collectively paid AU$543.5 million in a radio spectrum auction run by the telecoms regulator, the ACMA....more

Comcast Eyes Launching Own Mobile Network
February 5th 2016 - 02:50 GMT
USA cable TV operator, Comcast, a company regularly blasted for its customer care policies, is reportedly eyeing up entering the mobile phone market....more

Philippines is One of Only 2 Countries to Have Unused 700MHz Frequency
January 29th 2016 - 01:00 GMT
The Philippines has yet again made a record for itself, this time belonging to a list of countries in the world that has not used its 700 MHz spectrum frequency. ...more

Norway Consults on Fresh Radio Spectrum Auction
January 22nd 2016 - 01:00 GMT
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has opened a consultation on the auction rules for the 900 MHz auction....more

Brain Training App Vendor Fined Over Misleading Claims
January 6th 2016 - 01:45 GMT
The creators and marketers of the Lumosity "brain training" mobile apps have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges alleging that they deceived consumers with unfounded claims ...more

Telco Complaints in Context Decrease 15 Percent
December 23rd 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Complaints as a proportion of Australian telcos' services in operation (SIO) dropped a further 15 per cent in the September quarter, according to the Telecommunications Complaints in Context report....more

Easier Access to Spectrum for Internet of Things
December 22nd 2015 - 03:05 GMT
Australian operators of machine to machine (M2M) wireless communications links used in the Internet of Things (IoT) will find it easier to access spectrum under proposed changes to regulatory arrangements....more

MTN Seeks Court Order Overturning $3.9 Billion Fine
December 18th 2015 - 02:15 GMT
South Africa based MTN says that it is to appeal against the huge US$3.9 billion fine imposed on it by Nigeria's telecoms regulator back in October....more

Thai Regulator to Push Ahead with Spectrum Auction
December 15th 2015 - 03:20 GMT
Thailand's telecoms regulator has been given clearance to auction off two licenses holding 900Mhz radio spectrum....more

Bangladesh Bans Skype and Twitter
December 14th 2015 - 02:20 GMT
The Bangladesh Government has ordered the country's local mobile network operators to block the use of messaging and social media services...more