List of Regulatory News Articles

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

Australian Networks Could Face Cap on Spectrum Holdings
Two of Australia's mobile networks have called on the telecoms regulator to impose maximum spectrum holding caps ahead of a spectrum auction, in a move that would target their largest rival. more

Norway Plans Additional Spectrum Auction
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has published draft auction rules for the auction of 2 x 15MHz in the 1800MHz band. more

Two Million Customers Face Disconnection in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's second largest mobile network operator, Telecel, which is 60% owned by Vimpelcom has been shut-down by the telecoms regulator. more

Mobile Networks Qualify for German Radio Spectrum Auction
Germany's telecoms regulator, Bundesnetzagentur has admitted three companies to the forthcoming auction for spectrum for mobile broadband. more

Indian Regulator's Website Attacked by Hackers
India's telecoms regulator can under fire after it released the contact details of people who had commented on proposals about Net Neutrality issues. more

Internet provider finally refunds consumer
Melbourne-based internet provider Planet ISP has refunded over AU$5000 to a customer whose mobile phone was stolen in South Africa in August 2012 but was subsequently used to make 92 unauthorised international calls. more

Two Firms Join Forces to Bid for 4th Mobile License
Singapore based transport group, SMRT Corp has confirmed that it is in exclusive talks to partner with OMGTEL in a bid for the country's fourth mobile operator license. more

Roaming Costs Investigation Following $33,760 Bill Shock
Bahrain's telecoms regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has started an investigation into complaints about mobile international roaming bills and so-called, bill shock issues. more

Scandal Hit Telecoms Minister Lied to the Prime Minister
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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