Mexico’s plan for telecoms reform will require careful implementation

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation

As it promised in the wake of the recent elections, the newly appointed Mexican government has presented an extensive set of reforms that aim to transform the landscape of the telecoms sector. Most proposals appear to go in the right direction, moving toward a more competitive market, in particular the much-needed creation of a stronger and more independent regulatory body. As Ovum noted in our Regulatory Scorecard 2013: LATAM, the lack of such a body has been the main reason for...

By Ovum Research, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, LATAM, Mobile, Operators.

UK 4G auction results announced, revenue lower than expected

The UK telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom has announced the results of the 4G auction raising a less than expected £2.34bn ($3.59bn) in revenue.

The overall figures may be seen as disappointing given the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had predicted a £3.5bn ($5.37bn) windfall from the auction. The UK 3G auctions in 2000 raised £22bn in comparison.

Yet the results show that the main players seem to have gotten a share of the spectrum, dealed out in 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz bands....

By James Bourne, 20 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, LTE.

Putting mobile technology into a government policy perspective

Kevin Noonan, Research Director, Public Sector, Ocum

Mobile devices have captured the imagination of the general public and business leaders alike. Mobile technology is often viewed as all about a personal experience and personal productivity. However, if we look at mobile only from that perspective, we may overlook what has become one of the big social realignments of our time. Mobile has created a massive realignment in the way we communicate and derive business value.

The sheer scale of this change has created its own opportunities for governments...

By Ovum Research, 28 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Ofcom looks into mid-contract mobile and broadband price hikes

A consultation document released today by Ofcom has revealed plans allowing UK consumers to leave a phone and broadband contract freely if the provider introduces a mid-term price rise.

From the providers’ standpoint, this could seem harsh; however, this may come as welcome news to long-suffering consumers, with the telecommunications regulator examining the issue after 1,600 complaints in the eight months leading up to May 2012.

The news comes amidst O2 putting prices up on line rental – 3.2%...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Mobile.

ITU talks end in failure as US, UK refuse to sign treaty

The two week International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference has ended with talks collapsing over the effective future governance of the Internet.

Having been hosted in Dubai for nearly 2000 delegates worldwide, the UN’s ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) attempted to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, not amended since 1988. These regulations are, as one would expect, somewhat...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

Is Eric Schmidt, the new escapist?

Someone hinted at me recently that one of the reasons Google didn’t want to invest in peering / transit in France – leading to some of the disagreements on who should bare the cost of it as currently investigated by French regulator ARCEP – was that establishing more technical presence in a market would force them to shift the status of their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry.

Evolution of the internet model does not need ITU intervention at this time

James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy, Ovum

During December 2012, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) member states are meeting to debate the future regulation of the Internet. Members are discussing proposals by the ITU to amend the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which have provided rules for global telecoms for over two decades.

The ITU feels that the existing regulatory framework is ill-equipped to deal with the challenges stemming from increasing data volumes and...

By Ovum Research, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

FCC bars non-emergency robocalls to PSAP numbers

New rules impose new obligations, hefty potential penalties, on politicians and non-profits (including NCE broadcasters) who use automatic phone dialing gear for public outreach.

By Peter TannenwaldUnwanted marketing telephone calls are merely annoying for most of us, but in some cases they’re actually dangerous. A marketing call that goes to a number in a 911 service centre can block...

By Francisco Montero, 11 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Licensing.

Orange fights back with latest announcements… intelligently!

Over the years I’ve been fairly critical of Orange both in the way they captured the next generation access (NGA) market and contributed to its slowing down in France and in the way they took a quasi-systematic anti-net neutral stance, even against their own best interests.

Their latest service announcements, however, show a change of tracks, and one that I find interesting and mostly compliant with Net Neutrality. That’s not to say they’re not pushing the envelope, but at least they seem to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.