On 10 June 2013, after a fast-track approval, the decree to reform the Mexican Constitution (the “Reform”), mainly in telecommunications matters, was enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The Reform recognized as human rights the access to: (i) information and communications technology, and (ii) broadcasting and telecommunications services, including broadband and the Internet. Following the Reform, the Federal Telecommunications and … Continue Reading
The FCC is expected to vote on rules governing the broadcast incentive auction during its May 15 open meeting. Although the Report and Order outlining the rules is still being circulated internally among FCC leadership and has not been released to the public, the FCC has not been shy about telegraphing the direction the final rules might take, including broadcaster-related … Continue Reading
Over the past few months, a debate has been quietly raging in the international standards group 3GPP over the possibility of using the 4G wireless technology LTE in unlicensed spectrum. LTE is the de facto standard for 4G in licensed spectrum – the latest iPhones and Android devices support it on every major US operator’s network – and WiFi is … Continue Reading
Earlier this month, the U.K. took a small but significant step towards a future in which spectrum is shared rather than reserved for a particular use. The U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (“DCMS”) released its 2014 Spectrum Strategy, which committed to “a gradual move” from exclusive to shared use of spectrum, in line with the European Commission’s … Continue Reading
According to the news service mlex, on 27 February 2014 the European Commission adopted a formal Statement of Objections against the Spanish operator Telefónica’s plan to buy E-plus of Germany, laying out concerns that deal could harm competition and lead to price increases. The contents of the Statement of Objections are not yet publicly available, and EC spokesman Antoine … Continue Reading
Wireless avionics intra-communications (“WAIC”) technology holds the promise of a safer, more efficient international aviation fleet, but the slow pace of designating spectrum for the service and the possible need for the reallocation of additional spectrum may leave WAIC sitting on the tarmac until at least 2015. And absent broad international consensus, WAIC deployment may never get off the ground … Continue Reading
In a blog posted on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on December 6, 2013, Chairman Wheeler announced the delay and a more detailed schedule that sets tentative milestones for activities leading up to the auction. The … Continue Reading
Ofcom has today published a consultation on its spectrum management strategy, setting out its approach to and priorities for spectrum management over the next ten years.
Its first strategic review of spectrum management was in September 2005 and since then, it has liberalised the mobile licence regime, completed the digital switchover and auction of spectrum for 4G/LTE.
The purpose … Continue Reading
The Mexican telecommunication regulatory body is in the midst of a significant overhaul, and major changes on the horizon could affect any entity with wireless voice or data operations near the U.S.-Mexican border. Should uncertainty persist into the new year, the Mexican regulatory transition has the potential to affect the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, which will require intensive international … Continue Reading
On 11 September 2013 the European Commission announced its proposals for the most far reaching reform of the European Union’s telecoms market in 26 years. The Commission describes this legislative package as an intermediate step towards the ultimate goal of creating a genuine fully integrated single market in telecommunications across the EU. Whilst the Commission remains of the view that … Continue Reading
The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.
The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament. Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:
- A single
Infrastructure will play a critical role in meeting the challenges of the looming “wireless data crunch,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, during his keynote address at the 2013 Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum. Mr. Adelstein explained that while more spectrum and more efficient use of spectrum are components of the … Continue Reading
Ofcom has today announced that it will permit mobile phone operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services in the future.
The decision allows mobile operators to increase mobile broadband speeds in future by re-using their 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G), and to plan and implement moves to … Continue Reading
The European Commission’s Green Paper “Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values” asks stakeholders to comment on some of the most difficult policy questions of the decade, such as how to preserve European audiovisual policy objectives in a borderless Internet environment. Here are highlights:
Copyright. The Commission refers to its ongoing work on copyright reform, … Continue Reading
Upon a request of Bouygues Telecom, which complained that the new mobile entrant Free does not bear the same investment constraints as its competitors, benefiting in particular from national roaming and infrastructure sharing, the French government asked for an opinion from the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) regarding mobile infrastructure sharing and national roaming . In its Opinion 13-A-08 of 11 … Continue Reading
Mexico has announced a major reform in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, liberalizing not only foreign investment, but also promising antitrust enforcement and government infrastructure sharing, along with targeted sector-specific regulatory reform. These changes, when implemented, will provide significant opportunities for international investors to enter and/or increase their positions in the Mexican telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
UK minister Ed Vaizey today sketched the Government’s approach to some areas of media and communications policy ahead of a formal White Paper expected in the first half of 2013.
Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention he provided insights on areas including;
- Spectrum: Alongside explicit recognition of the critical importance of spectrum, the Minister emphasised a continued focus on freeing
Hong Kong authorities said they want to encourage new market entry when Hong Kong 3G licences expire in 2016 while minimizing service disruption. A new consultation paper proposes rules for re-assigning the 3G spectrum and for setting license fees. Comments to the new paper are due February 28, 2013.
3G licences (frequency spectrum in the 1.9 – 2.2 GHz band) … Continue Reading
On December 13, 2012 the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that the City of San Antonio’s electric company had discriminated against Time Warner Cable and in favor of AT&T. The PUC found that the discrimination occurred with respect to the rates (that were four to five times as high), terms and conditions for access to the utility’s poles (including … Continue Reading
By: Coleman Bazelon & Giulia McHenry, The Brattle Group; Trey Hanbury, Hogan Lovells
The Federal Communications Commission recently proposed a voluntary “incentive auction” of most of the nation’s over-the-air television frequencies. The process of trading rabbit ears for smartphones begins with a reverse auction for the broadcasters’ spectrum. The auction is called a “reverse” auction because the … Continue Reading
The German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) is currently considering different scenarios for the future allocation of frequencies for mobile broadband services. This initiative relates to the discussion about the 900 and 1,800 MHz frequencies that are currently used by mobile operators for their GSM networks. The current licenses for these frequencies will expire by the end of 2016. Mobile operators … Continue Reading
Home to more than 4.5 million people, Kolkata, India has a fascinating transportation network. A recent visit to the city revealed bicycles, motorbikes, taxis, buses, rickshaws, cyclerickshaws, cars, trucks, and trams crowding roads already thickly congested with pedestrians, students, street vendors, and parked cars. Perhaps as a result sharp-witted Indian critics have described traffic conditions in Kolkata’s urban core as … Continue Reading
When last year’s “supercommittee” failed to reach consensus on a plan to reduce the deficit, it set in motion $1.2 trillion in defense and non-defense spending cuts for 2013. If Congress does not act to prevent this “sequestration” by January 2, 2013, the budget axe will fall across virtually every element of the US government. The Office of Management and … Continue Reading
UK communications regulator Ofcom has taken another significant step on the road to 4G services being fully deployed across the UK.
The long running industry wrangles that have delayed 4G were finally resolved by a government brokered agreement last month.