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By Peter Elliott and Mike Conradi, DLA Piper

By many accounts, the UK’s framework for regulating communications services is amongst the world’s most dynamic and successful. Leaving in its wake a telecommunications licensing regime, in 2003 the UK Government influenced and then implemented new EU Directives which took a different
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One quick thought on Brexit amongst many written today. It concerns the significant impact it will likely have on the price of international voice calls.

All through the EU the price that mobile network operators (MNOs) can charge one another for terminating calls made to their own customers (called the
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I attended a seminar on the future of spectrum this morning. I thought there were a few interesting points, with international elements, that would be worth sharing:

1. As consumers use more and more data on their mobile devices lack of capacity is increasingly becoming an issue, even with the
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I have expressed some strong views on the (lack of) merits of a specific net neutrality rule in the EU before (here and here).

It was with interest then that I read the language of the “final compromise test” of the proposed new regulation on the Connected Continent from the EC. This cover two things principally – (1) it tries to abolish roaming in the EC; and (2) it contains a net-neutrality-like “open internet” obligation. This blog post will discuss only the latter.

Whilst advocates of net neutrality have criticised the regulation for allowing too many get-outs (in respect of “specialised services” I am much more concerned about the potential downsides in terms of restricting competition and the launch of new services. As explained below however there is also one, little commented-upon, aspect of the new regulation which will, I think, be beneficial and should be much-welcomed by  consumer advocates.


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I have written about the perverse effects of “strong” net neutrality already  but a recent story  prompts me to add a few further thoughts.

Internet.org is a project led by Facebook to offer a completely free sub-set of the internet (including, presumably, Facebook itself) to people in emerging markets who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
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Eamon Holley of DLA Piper briefly reviews some key developments in four Gulf telecoms markets during 2014 and looks to what might lie ahead in 2015.

Bahrain

Bahrain’s TRA has a reputation for being a dynamic and forward looking regulator.  It upheld this reputation in 2014 by publishing a
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