List of Regulatory News Articles

USA Regulator Fines Chines Firm Selling Phone Jammers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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