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.

Are new EU roaming charge limits an opportunity for carriers?

The recently announced changes to EU roaming charges bring a sense of fairness for consumers, many of whom in the past have unwittingly run up excessive charges abroad (and suffered from the subsequent bill shock a month later). After European ministers agreed to regulate and cap mobile data charges within the EU, operators are keen to adopt network sharing models in order to drive cost efficiencies that help offset the associated fall in revenues. To do so, they'll need to adopt a new business model that...

By Rob Smith, 29 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Operators.

Wireless services still source of consumer anger, says regulator

A worrying trend from Canada, where consumer complaints go up 35% year on year: should this make service providers rethink their strategy?

A report from the Canadian Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) has revealed that, in the North American country, consumer complaints went up 35% in 2012, with wireless services being the biggest bugbear for the fourth year in a row.

10,838 complaints were lodged by the regulator, with 10,678 concluded. 7,221 of the issues derived from...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Wireless.

AT&T is fined for not having an unobtainable licence

FCC action follows interference to airport weather radar.

The FCC has confirmed a fine of $25,000 against AT&T for operating a Wi-Fi-type device that caused interference to a weather radar at a Puerto Rico airport. 

Yes, it appears that AT&T slipped up. But we think the FCC fined it for the wrong offence.

The problem stems – as do many FCC...

By Francisco Montero, 12 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Licensing, WiFi, Wireless.

TI’s network spin-off could still pose regulatory questions

By Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation

The Italian fixed incumbent Telecom Italia (TI) is looking to spin off its network. It would be owned by a separate company, of which TI would retain a controlling stake.

This move is likely to facilitate the removal of the remaining retail obligations on TI’s retail business (the Newco), although not immediately. The Italian regulator AGCOM should proceed to further deregulate the fixed retail market only after it has found evidence that TI no longer has SMP.

The...

By Ovum Research, 04 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Government.

ARCEP favours an uncomplicated, flexible approach to net neutrality

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

On September 20, 2012 ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator, submitted to the French government and parliament its report on net neutrality.

ARCEP is just one of many regulators to engage with this issue, which has become progressively more important for stakeholders as the volume of Internet traffic has increased, leading to questions regarding control.

Certain positions on transparency and network management have become widely accepted, although...

By Ovum Research, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Regulation.