List of Regulatory News Articles

Apple Censured Over In-App Payments Policies
Apple has been censured by the European Union after it failed to amend adverts for mobile apps that encourage in-app payments. ...read more

Telefonica Loses Appeal Against $205 Million Regulatory Fine
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. ...read more

US Schools and Libraries to Receive $2 Billion to Improve Wi-Fi Coverage
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. ...read more

US Senators Approve Cellphone Unlocking Legislation
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. ...read more

USA Considers Scrapping Regulatory Labels on Mobile Phones
US politicians are proposing a new law that could see fewer labels needed on consumer electronics devices confirming that the product complies with regulations. ...read more

British Telecom Wins Court Battle with Mobile Networks Over Free Phone Calls
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. ...read more

Two French Networks Ordered to Improve 4G Coverage Map Accuracy
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. ...read more

Zimbabwe Sets Revenue Target for LTE Spectrum Auction
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. ...read more

Canada to Consult on Plans for Radio Spectrum Auction
The Canadian government has outlined, in brief, its plans to auction off additional radio spectrum next year. ...read more

Foxconn Drops Huawei to Secure 4G License
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. ...read more

Government and Mobile Operators Must Collaborate to Resolve Nigeria's Service Problems
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. ...read more

Kenyan Regulator Investigates Use of Ultra-Thin SIM Cards
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. ...read more

India Mulls Additional 3G Radio Spectrum Auction
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. ...read more

Russia Passes Internet Data Law
Russia's parliament has passed a law requiring Internet sites to store data of Russian citizens inside the country. ...read more

Kenya's Safaricom Renews its Operating License
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. ...read more

Norway to Auction 1800Mhz Spectrum Next Year
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has decided to award the three available blocks in the 1800 MHz band by multiround ascending auction. ...read more

Chinese Networks Secure 4G License Modifications
China's two smaller mobile networks have had their 4G licenses modified to enable them to offer FDD based LTE services. ...read more

Israel Publishes 4G License Documents
Israel's Ministry of Communications has published a tender for 1800MHz frequencies, for use by 4G technologies. ...read more

CRTC to ensure telecoms networks can support next-gen 911 services
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. ...read more

Existing Technology Can Meet Proposed Standards for Indoor Location Accuracy
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 ...read more

Mobile Termination Rates Down by Nearly a Third since 2011
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, ...read more

Togo to Award a 3rd Mobile Operator License Shortly
The government of Togo has authorised plans to award a third mobile operator license for the country. ...read more

Vodafone Denies Ignoring Regulator Ban on Signing Up New Customers
Vodafone's Ghana subsidiary has denied reports that it is ignoring a regulator order banning it from signing up new customers. ...read more

Kenyan Group Tries to Block MVNO Launches
A Kenyan consumer rights group wants three recently awarded MVNO licenses to be scrapped. ...read more

Malta to Permit LTE Services by Existing 2.1Ghz Spectrum Holders
Malta's telecoms regulator has announced plans to review the existing 3G licenses operating in the 2.1Ghz bands to permit them to be used for LTE services as well. ...read more

Operators of Mobile Cramming Scheme to Lose their Homes, Cars and Jewellery
The operators of a massive mobile cramming scheme have agreed to surrender more than US$10 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges against them. ...read more

US Regulator to Issue Largest Ever Fine - Against Chinese Phone Jammer
The US telecoms regulator is preparing to issue its largest ever fine, against a Chinese firm that imported mobile phone jammers. ...read more

Georgia Protests Against Use of Russian Dialcodes in South Ossetia
The telecoms regulator in Georgia has protested to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) following the allocation of phone codes in South Ossetia by the Russian government. ...read more

Costa Rican Regulator Proposes Changes to Mobile Data Charges
Costa Rica's mobile networks may be allowed to change how they bill for mobile broadband services, if plans by the telecoms regulator, Sutel are approved. ...read more

Google, YouTube Remain Inaccessible In Tajikistan
Internet users in Tajikistan report that Google services, including YouTube and the Gmail electronic mail system, remain inaccessible, despite protests by international organizations. ...read more