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 Monday, November 14, 2011

The European Commission  launched two public consultations related to access for alternative operators to the fixed telephone and broadband networks of established operators. The consultations are part of Commission efforts to boost the Single Market for telecoms services by ensuring consistent and coherent approaches to regulating telephone and broadband networks in all Member States. The first consultation concerns non-discriminatory access for alternative operators to the infrastructure and services of dominant telecom operators. The second concerns the way national regulators calculate prices that operators have to pay for this wholesale access (cost-orientation remedies). The results will help the Commission to draft Recommendations for a consistent, investment-friendly application of non-discrimination and price control remedies. Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda said "We need regulatory consistency in all Member States to ensure a level playing field for telecoms across the whole EU, in which competition and investment can thrive. This will reassure markets that putting money into fibre networks is a safe and profitable investment."

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Source: Europa

Monday, November 14, 2011 12:36:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 28, 2011
In May 2011, the CRTC issued Fact-finding exercise on over-the-top programming services in the Canadian broadcasting system Broadcasting and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-344. In the notice, the Commission stated that since the publication of  Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-329 (the Regulatory Policy), it has been monitoring the development of broadcasting in new media, adding that “over-the-top” (OTT) programming accessed over the Internet is increasingly available to consumers at attractive price points.To better understand the trends and their implications and to gain an accurate understanding of the evolving role played by OTT services, the Commission sought submissions from stakeholders, together with any data supporting their findings and/or assertions. Comments were received from individual Canadians, public interest groups, representatives of the cultural sector, broadcasters and distributors, network operators, vertically integrated communications undertakings and Canadian and non-Canadian providers of OTT services. The complete record of this proceeding is available on the Commission’s website.

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Source: CRTC

Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:43:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In May 2011, the CRTC issued Fact-finding exercise on over-the-top programming services in the Canadian broadcasting system Broadcasting and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-344. In the notice, the Commission stated that since the publication of  Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-329 (the Regulatory Policy), it has been monitoring the development of broadcasting in new media, adding that “over-the-top” (OTT) programming accessed over the Internet is increasingly available to consumers at attractive price points.To better understand the trends and their implications and to gain an accurate understanding of the evolving role played by OTT services, the Commission sought submissions from stakeholders, together with any data supporting their findings and/or assertions. Comments were received from individual Canadians, public interest groups, representatives of the cultural sector, broadcasters and distributors, network operators, vertically integrated communications undertakings and Canadian and non-Canadian providers of OTT services. The complete record of this proceeding is available on the Commission’s website.

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Source: CRTC

Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:43:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 26, 2011

Pan-Caribbean mobile network operator, Digicel has protested against the decision of the Guyana Parliament not to pass legislation that would break a monopoly on international calls in Guyana. Despite months of consultations and commitments, the Government pulled the legislation at the 11th hour. According to the telecommunications provider, Parliament's decision to allow the current monopoly to continue crushes Guyana's hope for lower international calling rates within the near future. Digicel is requesting that details of the late submission, the reason for the withdrawal of the promised legislation from Parliament today be made available to all stakeholders.

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Source: Cellular-news

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:57:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Regulator Anatel's stats reveal Vivo maintained market leadership. Brazil's mobile phone subscriptions increased to 224 million in August, up 1.67% from July, according to figures released over the weekend by telecommunications regulator Anatel. New subscriptions in August totaled 3.7 million. Telecomunicacoes de Sao Paulo SA, or Vivo, maintained market leadership in August, with a 29.54% share. Vivo is controlled by Spain's Telefonica SA. TIM Participacoes SA was in second place with a 25.99% market share. TIM is the local unit of Telecom Italia SpA. Claro, the local unit of Mexico's America Movil SA, was in third place with a 25.36% market share. In fourth-place, mobile-phone operator Tele Norte Leste SA, or Oi, with a 18.78% share.

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Source: Total Telecom

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:41:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Charts, diagrams, charts, measurements, and more charts. This summation of nearly every document that passes through the FCC sounds only slightly more fun than staring at the Matrix all day, yet we still find ourselves a bit giddy when seeing highly anticipated phones take their turn getting the Federal nod of approval. And so it is with the Samsung i937, which is most likely the Focus S -- one of three tantalizing Windows Phone choices aimed at reaching stores "this fall." It's about what we'd expect, really: aside from sporting the usual AT&T frequencies, there's not much more that we can discern from the pages and pages of numbers and colorful pictures that depict phone radiation. Exciting stuff, we know, but Windows Phone 7.5 is at least one step closer to being in the clutches of our lonely mitts.

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Source: FCC 

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:35:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 23, 2011

French telecoms regulator Arcep has sold the first blocks of fourth-generation (4G) mobile frequencies in the 2600MHz band for a total of EUR936 million (USD1.28 billion), awarding concessions to all four of the country’s main mobile network operators. The watchdog says it received the highest bid from Iliad’s Free Mobile – the start-up that is preparing to enter the market within the next few months. Free Mobile agreed to pay EUR271 million for the two larger blocks of 2×20MHz spectrum. France Telecom (Orange) was also allocated a duplex frequency block of 20MHz, for which it bid a little over EUR287 million. FT also agreed to host mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) on its new infrastructure. Meanwhile, Vivendi’s Societe Francaise du Radiotelephone (SFR) bid EUR150 million for a 2×15MHz block of spectrum, and Bouygues Telecom offered EUR228 million for a duplex frequency block of 15MHz.

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Source: Telegeography

Friday, September 23, 2011 9:45:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mobile network operators in Venezuela have been ordered to start blocking stolen and lost phones within three months following an instruction from the telecom regulator, Conatel. The networks will also be required to set up a shared database of blocked IMEI numbers so that stolen handsets cannot be reused on another network. It was reported by local media that some 110,000 mobile phones are reported as stolen in the country every month. It was also claimed that 20 murders can be associated with thefts of BlackBerry smartphones.

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Source: Cellular-news 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:00:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, September 17, 2011

Amid the political fighting over LightSquared and whether or not it will interfere with GPS, there’s a far larger issue: Can the nascent carrier really build a business as a wholesale carrier? History offers some perspective that maybe it can’t. A blast from the past. This “next-generation digital wireless technology…will be offered across the country to meet the explosive demand for high-speed access to the Internet” via a “wholesale business plan” that is “an unparalleled opportunity for minority and other small business entities to enter the wireless business.” Of course I’m talking about NextWave’s business plan, circa 1999, which was simply one step on the path to an exit from bankruptcy and a sale of its spectrum assets to Cingular and Verizon.

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Source: GigaOM 

Saturday, September 17, 2011 9:33:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 16, 2011

According to International Law Office, on July 26 2011, Brazil's telecommunications regulator submitted its proposed General Plan of Competition Goals for public consultation. The plan is to govern competition between the different providers and  ANATEL intends to define the new criteria to identify the strongest economic groups.

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Source: ILO

Friday, September 16, 2011 8:15:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The European Union still can’t decide if Google’s massive presence in the web search business can be classified as an abuse of dominance that’s hurting competition for others in the field, reports Reuters. Google has the majority of all search traffic requests, but an “abuse of dominance” is not the same as dominance itself, said EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia Friday. In November 2010, the European Commission first opened up an investigation about the matter after rival companies like Microsoft accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the search market. If Google is found in violation of abusing its dominance, it could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its global financial turnover.

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Source: VentureBeat

Friday, September 16, 2011 2:12:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission proposed Thursday to revamp its online child privacy rules to reflect the ubiquity of smartphones and geolocation services. The proposed updates (.pdf) to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 were welcomed by many in the privacy community. They see the new proposal as a means to combat behavioral advertising targeting America’s youth. By contrast, Facebook, Microsoft, the Entertainment Software Association, the Toy Industry Association and others are arguing for self-regulation when it comes to targeted, online behavioral advertising. The law in question, commonly referred to as COPPA, is designed to protect the privacy of children under 13. Among other things, a major proposed upgrade generally would forbid websites and mobile apps that cater to children under 13 from deploying tracking cookies or using GPS location tracking for marketing without parental consent.

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Source: Wired

Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:54:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |