Ofcom has finalised how the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum will be awarded and in doing so has decided on two different restrictions on bidders. The auction timetable expects bidding to begin as early as late October 2017, but given the strongly held positions by some in the industry, that looks ambitious
On June 15, 2017 after a decade of imposed price cuts, the premium for using your phone while travelling in the EU is set to disappear for good. Some confusion is likely to remain, but for many, the end to so called bill shock will be of immense relief.
On 18 May 2017, the FCC will hold an open meeting during which it will vote on rolling back the net neutrality rules of the previous administration. Following the vote, the challenge for the FCC will be to ensure that the repeal will not result in a regulatory vacuum.
Q4 and full year 2016/17 was always going to be a difficult set of results for BT given the enormity of the year they had which saw scandal and the end of a protracted battle with the regulator. However a new battle has emerged over fibre investment and the need for regulatory certainty.
Ofcom is consulting on a revised duct and pole offer to be imposed on BT. This forms part of Ofcom's recent strategic shift to focus on removing potential barriers for providers other than BT to deploy fibre.
Ofcom has recently published a number of consultation documents in relation to its Wholesale Local Access Market Review which covers local loop and fibre access products. Final decisions are expected in early 2018.