Pakistan’s telecoms regulator opposes internet tax

The head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has supported calls for the recently announced usage tax on internet services in Punjab province to be dropped. The Express Tribune quoted PTA chairman Ismail Shah as saying: “The recent imposition of …

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Thai regulator reconsiders dtac’s offer to return 4G spectrum

Thailand’s telecoms regulator said it will now reconsider dtac’s offer to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum for the 4G auctions at the end of the year, following an earlier rejection. But the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said …

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Thai regulator launches $148,000 app to streamline complaints

Thailand’s often-troubled telecoms regulator, which has been forced by the military government to delay the 4G auction multiple times, has developed a THB5 million ($148,000) call-centre app to streamline consumer complaints. The app is offered for Android and iOS devices …

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Indian government suggests Airtel Zero, Internet.org violate net neutrality

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), in its preliminary findings, has said that Bharti Airtel’s sponsored content service and Reliance Communications’ zero-rating deal with Facebook/Internet.org are “against the spirit of net neutrality”. A high-level government source told the Economic Times that …

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BT submits EE takeover case to UK regulator; expects completion by March 2016

BT today formally submitted its argument to gain regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of EE, claiming the deal will “be good for competition, investment and innovation in the UK”. BT made the submission to the UK’s Competition and Markets …

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ACCC investigates Telstra for denying rivals 4G wholesale access

Australia’s competition regulator, following up on complaints from at least one company last year, is investigating Telstra for anti-competitive practices involving its refusal to offer wholesale access to its 4G network. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been …

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Grameenphone CEO sees major concern over future auctions

The head of Grameenphone identified several areas of regulatory concern, the most significant being what he sees as “unfair discrimination” in the recently announced spectrum actions. Bangladesh’s regulator has indicated it will hold new auctions in the 1.8 and 2.1GHz bands …

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NCC probes Taiwan Mobile-APT roaming partnership

Taiwan’s telecoms regulator is investigating complaints by three rivals of Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT) and Taiwan Mobile that the two operators’ 4G roaming agreement is illegal. The National Communications Commission (NCC) said it will hold hearings to determine if the partnership complies …

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SK Telecom again faces probe for high subsidies

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) once again is facing a probe by the telecoms regulator for giving customers illegal subsidies for smartphones at its retail outlets. The Korea Communications Commission is looking into only SKT after conducting routine inspections at …

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