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 Monday, March 09, 2015

The Israeli government confirmed the start of its broadband policy reform, aimed at reducing the price of internet. Under the reforms from the ministry of communication, connection to the internet will be accomplished without need for a customer to separate ISP and infrastructure services. Alternative operators will be able to purchase internet infrastructure from Bezeq and Hot at wholesale prices, which is expected to lead to improved service and lower prices paid by the public for a basket of telecom services. The average customer is expected to save tens of shekels. The broadband reform will also encourage the entry of new competitors providing television services at a lower cost, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has set up two teams working to ensure implementation of the reforms and to overcome potential problems. According to the ministry, one team will be handling public queries to ensure unhindered transfer among the telecom operators and a second team to find solutions for dispute resolution between operators. The ministry said the broadband reform will put an end to the duopoly of Bezeq and Hot in the infrastructure industry.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Monday, March 09, 2015 9:48:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kuwait’s National Assembly has approved the first reading of a bill to establish the country’s first independent telecoms regulator, tentatively called the Telecommunication Regulation Authority (TRA), in a move that could lead to further liberalisation of the sector. According to Reuters, 38 members of parliament (MPs) approved the first reading of the bill, while two MPs abstained. In a second statement, parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim said that he hoped a second and final reading of the bill would be passed at the parliament’s next hearing, which is scheduled for 18 March 2014. The new commission will regulate the mobile, wireline and broadband sectors, although the exact scope of the supervisory powers that it will be given remains unclear. Kuwait is the last country in the Gulf region to establish such a regulatory body, and the draft law has reportedly been the subject of much deliberation by the government and the previous assemblies for the past decade.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, back in November 2010 the MoC announced that it intended to establish an independent telecoms regulator as part of its ongoing intention to privatise the country’s fixed line telephony market. No date was given for the introduction of a separate regulator, but the MoC claimed that no further internet service provider (ISP) licences would be issued in the interim period.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:51:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |