telecoms regulation

Gain insight and clarity on telecoms regulation with intelligence services trusted by industry, government and regulators alike.

At Cullen International, we’ve been in the frontline of telecoms regulation for over three decades. We provide a single, impartial, and expert view on both national and international topics, helping our clients save time and act with confidence. To see how we can help you, get in touch for a personal demo.

Get a personal demo

general topics covered

    Get up to date on regulatory frameworks, rules and reforms, such as the EECC Track and compare fibre network rollout, co-investment, and national broadband policy across the globe Stay informed on advances in mobile connectivity and the implications for radio spectrum policy and assignment
    The latest intelligence on duct sharing, unbundled access and VULA, broadband pricing rules, and more Compare how mobile operators share mobile infrastructure and how this is regulated, and understand the risks and opportunities for MVNOs Track and compare fixed and mobile call termination rates and regulation across the globe
    Follow developments in international roaming regulation, including Roam Like at Home in the EU Follow the debate on zero rating, as well as national policy and NRA powers to enforce net neutrality

consumer protection

Consumer protection is a major focus in telecoms regulation. Subscribe to our standalone consumer protection intelligence service, and you’ll have direct access to all our expertise on this area. Our reliable, easy-to-understand reports and country-by-country comparisons cover topics such as:

  • Net neutrality and zero rating
  • Quality of service indicators
  • Switching and portability
  • Transparency

radio spectrum

Get in-depth knowledge on the latest developments in radio spectrum with our dedicated radio spectrum intelligence service. Offered as a standalone subscription, this is a unique library of reports and historical data on spectrum assignment, licence conditions, and auction design, forming an essential independent resource for regulators and operators. Topics covered include:

  • Spectrum allocation in harmonised bands
  • Spectrum awards and assignments
  • Licence conditions and fees
  • Coverage

geographical coverage

Americas (Data sheet)
Europe (Data sheet)
Middle East and North Africa (Data sheet)

We’re trusted across the globe for our wide-ranging expertise in telecoms regulation. See our datasheets for more information on our services’ geographical coverage, including the full list of countries, organisations, and topics we report on.

latest intelligence

German 5G auction awards 2 GHz and 3.4–3.7 GHz bands for €6.55bn
13 June 19 Dieter Kronegger

The German 5G auction ended on 12 June 2019 after almost three months of bidding, awarding all 420 MHz on offer for €6.55bn. The three German mobile operators and new entrant Drillisch (United Internet group) each won spectrum in the 2 GHz and 3.4–3.7 GHz bands.

BEREC shares Commission serious doubt over Polish FTRs
13 June 19 Monika Kačeriaková

BEREC shares Commission serious doubt over Polish FTRs and recommends the regulator UKE to set FTRs based on an EU benchmark until the BU-LRIC model is ready.

US regulator FCC approves robocall blocking by default by voice operators.
12 June 19 Carlos Castellanos

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarified that voice operators may immediately start offering call-blocking programs by default, based on any reasonable analytics designed to identify unwanted calls, so long as consumers are given the choice to opt out. With this decision, the FCC continues its multi-pronged strategy to curb illegal robocalls and malicious spoofing to protect consumers from scam calls.

New CCA table on PSTN shutdown and copper decommissioning
11 June 19 Stefano De Luca

When fixed operators move towards using voice over IP (VoIP) they may at one point decide to shut down the traditional telephony network after they have migrated all clients to the new technology. Separately, when fixed operators replace part or all of their local copper network with fibre, they may decide to phase out the main distribution frame in the local exchange or even completely stop using all copper wires.

SkypeOut is an electronic communications service
07 June 19 Dries Indesteege

The CJEU ruled that SkypeOut is an electronic communications service because Skype is remunerated for its provision and because it concludes interconnection agreements with telecommunications service providers to terminate the calls.

Colombian National Development Plan includes ICT and media provisions
07 June 19 Carlos Castellanos

The new Colombian national development plan (NDP) set general policy guidelines for the period 2018-2022, including provisions for the ICT and media sectors. One measure will impose an obligation upon over-the-top (OTT) audiovisual providers, such as Netflix, to include an easy-to-find section in their content catalogue that exclusively contains nationally-produced works. The NDP also dedicated COP 18bn (US$5.74m) to the digital transformation strategy, corresponding to 1.6% of the NDP’s total budget.

Get access to the full reports and find out what our service could do for you with a free trial.