INTUG Responds to Decoupling and Wholesale Roaming Access Consultation

Today INTUG published its submission (PDF) to BEREC’s consultation on decoupling and wholesale roaming access. Simplicity of use and charging as well as simplicity and minimization of cost and resource for operators must be the overriding aim. Any measures taken should be temporary, paving the way to elimination of premium charging for international use of […]

FCC Forces Data Roaming on Wireless Operators

The US Federal Communications Commission yesterday required providers of mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to their competitors on “commercially reasonable terms and conditions.”

Canadians Can Change Mobile Service within 2.5 hrs

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently simplified the process for consumers who want to change providers for their television, home telephone, wireless or Internet services.

FCC Proposes Measures against “Bill Shock”

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Communications Committee voted unanimously to explore regulation that would require mobile operators to provide usage alerts and related information that assists consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

Who Can Afford Mobile Service in Latin America?

Mobile telephony has experienced a dramatic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean and it has an average penetration level of around 80 per cent. But with average costs that double the rates of mobile services in OECD countries, who can afford it?

Mobile Market Dysfunctional for Multinational Customers

Multinational Companies (MNCs) cannot get what they are looking for on the mobile market, which is: cross-border one-stop shopping; one-stop billing; centralized management; and last but not least, reasonable prices. These are the main conclusions of a new study by INTUG.

ITU: Global Uptake of ICTs Increasing, Prices Falling

Prices for ICT services are falling worldwide, yet broadband Internet remains outside the reach of many in poor countries, according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

‘Foreign’ Company Allowed to Offer Wireless in Canada

The Canadian government overruled its regulator CRTC Friday and declared start-up wireless carrier Globalive, financed largely by an Egyptian company, to be Canadian. The company can now start offering service in Canada.

Do Americans Overpay for Cellular Service?

Six U.S. consumer-oriented organizations recently put their focus on mobile costs.

Africa: World’s Fastest Growing Mobile Market

As of this year, China and India may have the world’s largest mobile markets, but the African continent is catching up fast. As of mid-2007, there were over 231 million mobile subscribers. This represents an increase of 45 per cent year-on-year, a rate that has made the continent the world’s single fastest-growing regional mobile market.