The challenges of bringing broadband to the descendants of Genghis Khan

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-12-14

Earlier this year I spent a fascinating two weeks in Mongolia, most of the time in the capital city Ulaanbaatar. I was there to research and write a report on the state of the Mongolian Telecoms sector. I was able to meet key private-sector executives and government officials in a large, sparsely-populated, landlocked country little known to anybody except its …

Policy versus regulation in the Internet of Things

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-04-19

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), we find policies generally focusing on incentives to accelerate the expansion of IoT and promoting investments to bring economic and social benefits. The goal is to promote IoT. Regulatory issues emerge in two ways. Firstly, how previous regulations are being affected by the growth of connected things (for example, numbering issues …

Innovation trends in IoT

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-02-02

The 20th Global Mobile Awards organized by the GSM Association (GSMA) are the most prestigious international awards recognizing innovation in mobile communication. I am honored this year to be part of the judging panel for The Best Mobile Innovation for the Internet of Things. This is a first year for the category and we received a large number of entries …

The case for “unified licenses” in telecommunications

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-11-16

Nearly 140 years after the first commercial telephony service was launched in 1877, many governments still award telecommunications licenses based on detailed service and technology specifications (although most do not anymore). For years telecommunications was considered a natural monopoly, and later limited competition created duopolies. Technology innovation – and the transition to full competition in most markets – has rendered …

Crunch time in Bangladeshi mobile market

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-09-15

Since its launch in 1996, the mobile industry in Bangladesh has seen consistently strong growth which outperformed GDP in every year until 2013. Since then the growth in subscribers and aggregate revenue for all operators has tapered off. The market is still growing, but not as fast as before. The long cycle of rapid growth tapping into pent-up demand for …

Business & Privacy: the role of Privacy by Design

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-08-04

Globally, although most business groups insist current privacy legislation is sufficient, there are strong incentives for politicians to introduce new legislation to protect individuals’ privacy in the digital world.  Loopholes in privacy legislation for the digital age can be tackled either by the Judiciary, widening the scope of existing law, or, as is clearly the trend, via new legislation and …

Cyber Security in Brazil

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-06-13

Late last year, the Brazilian Senate Commission on Foreign Relations asked TechPolis to prepare a paper on cyber security. Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. espionage in Brazil, the Senate created a Special Investigative Commission (in Portuguese, CPI) to analyze the status of cyber security in the country and suggest new directions. Now the work of the …

Legal framework for data privacy and security in Brazil

Legal framework for data privacy and security in Brazil

Author: Philipe Moura
Published: 2014-05-02

The Judiciary is today the main regulator of data privacy and protection in Brazil. Will legislation fill the gaps any time soon? The question of protecting users’ privacy and regulating information security is becoming paramount for policymakers as insurmountable amounts of private data go online. Users want guaranteed privacy rights, and companies want to develop their business models based on …

M2M’s flop in Brazil

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-18

Brazil was one of the very first countries anywhere to introduce legislation specific to M2M communications, and as a result gained global attention amongst connected-car aficionados. It introduced two significant policies of global significance: In 2006, Congress passed Legislation, endorsed by former President Lula da Silva, stipulating that every car coming out of Brazil's automobile manufacturing plants should have a …

M2M regulation a growing priority

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-10

M2M regulation is on the way. Here are some of the ways it might affect you. By the end of 2013, there were 195 million dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile connections worldwide, according to a GSM Association Study. This figure is expected to grow to 250 million during 2014. As the M2M subscriber base grows, regulators are increasingly looking into specific …

MVNOs launch in Saudi Arabia

Author: Philipe Moura
Published:

The regulatory framework for MVNOs in Saudi Arabia, favors incumbent mobile operators. Will MVNOs bring change? Mobily, the second largest, data-driven mobile operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has announced that London-based Lebara group will launch an MVNO on its network in the first quarter of 2014. MVNOs are a common way to increase competition and create diversity …