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The EU's public sector cloud use is under investigation from the Brussels-based GDPR enforcement authority.

Policy: Sprint to be fined $105M for bill cramming

Report indicates fine is currently under review at FCC Sprint is reportedly set to be hit with a $105 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission linked to overcharging customers for services. According to National Journal, the fine will be the largest ever levied against a...

EMEA: Telecom industry, EU hold dueling meetings in Brussels

As the European Parliament met in Brussels to question the incoming telecom head, Gunther Oettinger, industry leaders convened across town with their own agenda for Europe — one that involves less regulation. “We need fewer rules that are streamlined toward an investment-friendly climate and a simpler institutional landscape,” Luigi Gambardella, chairman of...

EMEA: Russia’s attempt to close off Internet, part of a trend?

Vladimir Putin wants to take Russia off the global Internet in case of an emergency, like war or anti-government protests, according to recent reports — reports which, of course, the Kremlin denies. It's easy to dismiss this move as the madness of Vlad (as German Chancellor Angela...

EMEA: EU may deregulate voice markets, delay end of roaming fees

The European Union appears to be taking a couple of regulatory steps that will please Europe's biggest carriers. First, EU member states voted this week to deregulate the voice market, according to Reuters. The measure would remove caps on the amount large carriers can charge smaller...

LatAm: Report ― NII Holdings to sell Nextel Chile, Argentina

NII Holdings is reportedly selling its Nextel operations in Chile and Argentina. According to the Argentinean newspaper La Nación, two Argentinian businessmen, Matías Garfunkel and Sergio Szpolski, the owners Grupo Veintitres, are close to buying the mobile phone service for about $250 million. Last year, NII Holdings agreed...

Reality Check: The end of traffic shaping in Brazil?

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace. In a world where close to 2 billion people (and rising) use the Internet and spend an average of 70...

Maravedis: 51M LTE users across Latin America by 2017; challenges remain

Low ARPU, the prevalence of prepaid usage, high churn rate, and spectrum and device availability are some of the barriers facing Latin American operators in deploying and developing LTE networks, especially in business model terms. The most recent report from Maravedis-Rethink estimates that there...

Chilean telecom companies need to comply with new antenna law

The Chilean Constitutional Tribunal (TC) has approved a law that regulates the installation of towers and antennas for mobile telephony. The decision was announced last Wednesday and now telecom companies need to modify their towers to be in compliance with the law. For example,...

Everything I learned about the wireless infrastructure industry, I learned from State Wireless Association events

Well, almost everything. When it comes to network deployments by mobile network operators large and small, I learned almost everything I know by attending State Wireless Association events and other PCIA/DAS Forum events. As one of the founding board members of the Texas State Wireless...

Now, telcos violating norms for 3G

Times of India | August 22, 2011 | Manoj Mitta NEW DELHI: Having burnt its fingers with 2G, the Department of Telecom ( DoT) is grappling with a policy anomaly that has arisen in 3G even after it had allotted that spectrum through the more transparent...

Bharti suspected of forex rule violation: ministry

Hindustan Times | August 16, 2011 India's Directorate of Enforcement is investigating the country's top mobile phone carrier Bharti Airtel for suspected violations of foreign exchange rules, a junior finance minister said on Tuesday. ..... Full article here via Hindustan Times

CBI lens on StanChart in Aircel-Maxis deal

Hindustan Times | August 16, 2011 | Manoj Gairola & Rajesh Ahuja The role played by some senior executives of the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal has come under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI). The CBI is investigating whether...

27,000 pile onto class action suit against Apple

Korea JoonAng Daily | August 16, 2011 A Korean law firm representing nearly 27,000 iPhone users on Wednesday filed a class-action suit against Apple Inc., demanding compensation for privacy violations inflicted by the smartphone’s user location tracking. ...... Read full article here via Korea JoongAng Daily

Legal opinion sought on cancelling 83 new telecom licences

Economic Times | August 14, 2011 NEW DELHI: The government is seeking legal opinion to cancel as many as 83 telecom licences for the failure of service providers to roll out their networks as per their agreements between 2006 and 2008, officials have said. ..... Full article...

To curb pesky SMSs, Trai to impose charges on telcos

Hindustan Times | August 10, 2011 In order to curb the nuisance of unsolicited commercial SMSs, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is considering imposing termination charges on commercial SMSs. ..... Full article here via Hindustan Times

Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores

Reuters | August 11, 2011 | Michael Martina (Reuters) - Authorities in China's southwestern city of Kunming have identified another 22 unauthorized Apple retailers weeks after a fake of the company's store in the city sparked an international storm. China's Administration for Industry and Commerce in...

Big operators to pay high spectrum fees

Daily Star | August 10, 2011 | Abdullah Mamun The government yesterday finalised the process of how it will charge four mobile operators -- Grameen-phone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell -- for renewing their licences for the next 15 years. ..... Full article here via The Daily Star

Latest on India 2G telecom scam (version 3.7)

Financial Times | July 26, 2011 Former telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja, who is facing trial in India's biggest corruption scandal, has told a court that prime minister Manmohan Singh knew of key decisions during the auction of 2G spectrum in 2007-08, and was therefore also...

India to announce new telecom policy by October

Wall Street Journal | July 25, 2011 | R. Jai Krishna The Indian government will announce a new telecommunications policy by October, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said. India's telecom regulator had recently submitted its recommendations on the policy, and the minister said the Telecom Commission...

Telecom: Government may move to unified licence regime

Economic Times | July 26, 2011 | Joji Thomas Philip & Rohini Singh The government could move to a 'unified licence' regime under a planned radical overhaul of telecom rules, potentially dismantling walls between different types of communication services but at the same time risks...

DoT may auction BWA spectrum soon

The Hindu | July 20, 2011 NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Department of Telecom (DoT) Wednesday said it is working on auctioning the broadband spectrum following the Finance Ministry's directive to speed up the process, but it did not specify any time frame for the auction. ...... Read full article...

PLDT, Globe mum on ‘competition’ EO

ABS-CBN | June 17, 2011 | Lenie Lectura MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom Inc. kept mum on a new directive from Malacañang that authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate cases involving violations of competition laws. ..... Read full article...

PLDT, Globe mum on 'competition' EO

ABS-CBN | June 17, 2011 | Lenie Lectura MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom Inc. kept mum on a new directive from Malacañang that authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate cases involving violations of competition laws. ..... Read full article...

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