Category: Regulation


NZ again hands over 5G spectrum without auction

The government of New Zealand has announced its decision to hand over mid-band spectrum to the country’s mobile operators without auction in a bid to speed the rollout of 5G services.

MTN and Telkom South Africa merger talks evaporate

Discussions between South African operators MTN and Telkom South Africa appear to have come to an end because ‘Telkom was not in a position to provide MTN with assurances around exclusivity’.

The US would never dare push ‘fair contribution’ onto big tech

As the debate around ‘fair contribution’ – which asserts big tech firms like Netflix and Google should chip in for the costs of telecoms infrastructure – rolls on, we spoke to Maria Lema, co-founder of Weaver Labs, who told us why she thinks its a bad idea. 

Ofcom study highlights threats to child online safety

A third of kids aged between 8 and 17 with a social media profile signed up with a false date of birth, according to new report by UK comms regulator Ofcom, seemingly offered up as a framing to the Online Safety Bill.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, Vodafone/Three and Orange

We’re delighted to welcome special guest Gabriel Brown to the pod this week. He is an analyst at Heavy Reading, specialising in mobile infrastructure, so the guys take the opportunity to pick his brains about the latest developments in 5G. They move on to dissect the big news story of the week – the potential merger of UK mobile operators Vodafone and Three – before finishing with a quick recap of Iain’s recent trip to France with Orange.

GSMA says Europe’s 5G rollout is too slow

Telco trade body the GSMA says in order to stay competitive European economies must ‘digitalise’ themselves through faster 5G rollouts, and manages to crowbar in the ‘fair contribution’ argument. 

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