List of Regulatory News Articles

ACMA boosts its spectrum auctions capabilities
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has signed a multi-year contract with Power Auctions for the provision of software capability for conducting spectrum auctions. more

Canada to Clamp Down on Spam Calls
The CRTC has launched a public consultation to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. more

India Planning Fresh Radio Spectrum Auction
India's government is reportedly planning another radio spectrum auction that could be held as soon as early next year. more

T-Mobile Hit with Record Fine Following Emergency Number Outage
T-Mobile USA has been fined a record US$17.5 million by the US regulator following outages at its emergency phone services. more

Study Finds Widespread Support for Prison Phone Reform
Nearly three-quarters of Americans support regulating controversial sheriff-mandated phone commissions more

South Korea Planning a 4th Mobile Network License
South Korea's government is reportedly considering making another attempt at issuing a fourth mobile operator license in an effort to boost competition in the local market. more

Europe to Scrap Roaming Charges
The European Parliament has provisionally agreed to proposals that will see cross-border roaming fees with in the EU scrapped by the middle of 2017. more

Thailand Delays GSM Shut-Down
Two of Thailand's mobile networks have been ordered to delay the shut-down of their GSM networks following complaints that not all customers have migrated to the replacement platforms. more

Germany Raises $5.75 Billion from Spectrum Auction
Germany's three mobile networks collectively paid EUR 5 billion (US$5.75 billion) for additional radio spectrum in the just completed auction. more

Consultation on overall framework for the 900 MHz auction
Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) consults the market on the overall framework for the 900MHz auction. The deadline for submitting responses is 10 August 2015. more

Government Must Clarify Website Blocking Costs
Australia's Attorney-General, Senator Brandis, should heed a Parliamentary Committee call for the Government to clarify the cost implications of its planned website blocking regime, more

Mobile operators denounce taxation on Digital Agenda in Brussels
Belgium's three mobile networks, and their respective CEOs decided to meet on Friday 12 June 2015 to draw attention to what they say is the impossible choice that the telecom sector in Brussels may have to face. more

Telco report shows strong growth in data consumption
New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its latest annual telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of the country's telecommunications markets. more

Indian Government to Clamp Down on Dropped Calls
India's telecoms minister has suggested that the government could introduce tighter rules on the mobile networks to reduce complaints about dropped calls. more

Canadians Able to Terminate Long Contracts without Penalty
Canadians who signed 3-year contracts with their phone providers can now break them a year early, without paying a penalty charge. more

South Korea Takes Action to Boost MVNO Uptake
South Korea's telecoms regulator has reduced the rates paid by MVNOs to their mobile network suppliers in an attempt to improve competition in the market. more

Nepal Considering Allowing Network Infrastructure Sharing
Nepal's Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is consulting on building its own passive network infrastructure which will be shared with the mobile networks. more

Europe Approves More Radio Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Services
The European Commission has decided to open up the 1452-1492 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband under harmonised technical conditions. more

Sudan May Have 4G Service Within Months
Sudan's mobile networks will launch 4G services within the next three months, the country's Minister of Science and Telecommunications Tahani Abdullah has announced. more

Palestinian Officials Complain About 3G Block by Israel
Palestinian officials have complained that Israel is depriving them of using 3G mobile phones, claiming that the decision is causing substantial losses for local mobile network operators, and their customers. more

Turkey Delays 4G Spectrum Auction
The Turkish government has delayed its planned 4G spectrum auction, pushing the date back by another three months. more

Canada Plans Third Radio Spectrum Auction in 2015
The auction, featuring unallocated spectrum licences from the recent 700 MHz and AWS-3 auctions, will be held this August. more

Singtel Issued with Stern Warning by Telecoms Regulator
Singapore's telecoms regulator, the IDA has issued a \"stern warning\" to the country's dominant telco, Singtel over its advertising campaigns. more

Complaints About Mobile Phone Services on the Rise Again
After six consecutive quarter-on-quarter reductions, new complaints about mobile services in Australia increased by 2.4 percent from the previous quarter more

Canadian Regulator to Cap Wholesale Roaming Rates
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is to start regulating certain wholesale rates that the three largest mobile networks charge to their smaller rivals. more

Vietnam Could Permit 4G Services by Year-End
Vietnam's government has approved plans to permit 4G based services in the country, but it is still wary about spare capacity on the 3G networks not being used. more

Australia to Clamp Down on Mobile Signal Repeaters
The Australian Communications and Media Authority and NSW Fair Trading have joined forces to warn consumers about the use of unlicensed mobile phone repeaters. more

Belgium and Luxembourg Deal Effectively Scraps Roaming Costs
The Belgian and Luxembourg telecoms regulators BIPT and ILR have concluded an agreement that makes it possible to link a Belgian mobile number to a Luxembourg network. more

Kenyan Networks Authorised to Start 4G Trials
Two of Kenya's mobile network operators have been given regulatory permission to start testing LTE services ahead of a commercial launch. more

Indian Networks Slash Roaming and SMS Charges
India's four largest mobile networks have slashed their roaming charges, following an order from the telecoms regulator which was issued only last month. more