Nokia and SRG will collaborate with the Government of Rwanda to deploy Smart City technology to improve the lifestyle and social sustainability of its citizens in 2017. This announcement was made in Kigali during the Transform Africa Summit. "Nokia is a global leader in driving innovation in 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City solutions, "says Mohamed Abdelrehim, Head of Solutions and Business Development for Nokia in Middle East and Africa market. "This project is in line with…
Thailand’s government has threatened to shut down social media colossus Facebook in the country - after it refused demands from authorities to remove posts. Government officials issued a request to Facebook to remove around 131 posts off the popular networking platform claiming the posts were ‘illegal’. Thailand’s Criminal Court backed the request from the government and ordered Facebook to remove the posts within a week, or they would face subsequent legal action. However, the removal order is the latest in…
The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding commitments offered by Amazon. The commitments address the Commission's preliminary competition concerns relating to a number of clauses in Amazon's distribution agreements with e-book publishers in Europe. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today's decision will open the way for publishers and competitors to develop innovative services for e-books, increasing choice and competition to the benefit of European consumers. Amazon used certain clauses in its agreements…
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States was the subject of multiple recent DDoS attacks on Sunday, May 7, at midnight, according to Dr. David Bray, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the organization. Dr. Bray issued a statement regarding the cause of delays experienced by consumers recently trying to file comments on the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). “Beginning on Sunday night at midnight, our analysis reveals that the FCC was subject to multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks…

China set to tighten grip on internet controls

Written on Monday, 08 May 2017 10:09
Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to tighten the country’s internet regulations with a pledge on May 7 to increase controls over search engines and online news portals, CNBC reported. The increased security implementations are the latest in President Jinping’s attempts to oversee strict Communist Party control over internet content in China. One of the President’s top priorities for China is “cyber sovereignty”. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Party’s ability to limit and guide online discussion in the country.…
The European Commission confirmed that on 25 April, 2017, its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the mobile telecommunications sector in Sweden. The Commission has concerns that Swedish mobile network operators may have engaged in anti-competitive conduct preventing entry into the consumer segment of the Swedish mobile telecommunications market, in breach of EU antitrust rules (Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Commission officials were accompanied…
Turkey has reportedly blocked access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia and hasn’t given an explanation except that it has taken “an administrative measure”. According to Turkish media, authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. The country has a history of blocking websites, including Facebook and Twitter which were both temporarily blocked in the past, most often following protests or terror attacks. Wikipedia was officially blocked by the Turkey Blocks monitoring group at 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on April…
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to lift a ban on telecommunications companies engaging in merger discussions. Since the FCC announced its plan, Wall Street has predicted that T-Mobile US, Sprint, and Dish will be the first companies to engage in merger talks. Shares of these companies have risen over the past 12 months on expectations of deal discussions. Each firm is trading at up to 31 times forward earnings, in contrast to the S&P 500 telecom services…
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai says he wants to end an “ill-conceived” plan by the previous administration to lift a ban on passengers making mobile phone calls on planes. Pai said he felt that moving forward with the plan, which was introduced by his predecessor Tom Wheeler, is not in the public’s best interest. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill conceived 2013 plan to allow people to…
Brazilian telecom operator Oi is stuck in limbo waiting for the government to finalize a decree that would allow it to intervene and revive the debt-ridden company because it could impact other sectors beyond domestic phone carriers, according to a Reuters report. The decree is aimed at helping the operator and other broadband service providers, but the legal change could also allow for intervention in other infrastructure sectors such as railways, highways, and energy, said an official who spoke to…

EU nations can soon apply to alter their roaming charges

Written on Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:53
Member States of the European Union will soon be able to apply to alter their roaming charges, after the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) published guidelines for the retail charging of roaming services in the EU. The new rules will come into effect alongside new roaming legislation on June 15 this year, and telecom operators will be able to apply to their national regulator for special permission to change their charging model or add a small charge…

White House moves to repeal broadband privacy rules

Written on Sunday, 02 April 2017 10:31
US President Donald Trump is moving to repeal broadband privacy rules put in place during the Obama-era, according to reports. Republicans in Congress passed the repeal of the privacy rules on Tuesday, March 28, and didn’t receive any support from the Democrats. The net privacy argument in the US sets the stage for a much larger issue later this year over Republican plans to overturn the net neutrality provisions which were adopted by the former administration of Barack Obama in…
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