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A new era for the General Conditions?

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 approach to regulating telecoms: general … Continue Reading

Telecoms: the challenge of keeping up with cross-border regulation

As new technologies emerge, and are treated differently across jurisdictions, businesses need to stay alert to changes in the regulatory landscape The chief disruptors in telecoms today are found in new media companies – businesses that often did not originate in the telecoms sector but who are increasingly challenging the incumbent players, and which most … Continue Reading

Brexit and mobile termination rates

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 “mobile termination rate” or MTR) … Continue Reading

UK – Proposals to Reform the Electronic Communications Code

By Rob Shaw, Senior Associate and Ben Rogers, Legal Director – DLA Piper Proposals for reform of the Code have gathered pace recently; on Tuesday the Department of Culture, Media and Sport released the Government’s proposals to reform the Code and yesterday it was announced that the new Code will be part of the Digital … Continue Reading

The future of spectrum

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 benefits of 4G. 2. Spectrum … Continue Reading

EUROPE: New Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications Networks and Services

By Florence Guthfreund-Roland & Mathilde Hallé On September, 11th 2015, the European Commission launched a new public consultation on the evaluation of the legal and regulatory framework for the electronic communications sector. This consultation follows the Commission’s communication on the “Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe” dated May, 6th 2015, according to which the Commission’s … Continue Reading

FRANCE: New Law on Intelligence Adopted

By Florence Guthfreund-Roland and Mathilde Hallé On June 24th, 2015 a new bill regarding intelligence was adopted in the French Parliament by a vote of 438 to 86 (the “Intelligence Law”). The new legal framework set forth by the Intelligence Law The necessity of reforming the legal framework surrounding intelligence-gathering had been highlighted in several … Continue Reading

Net Neutrality, the EU “open internet” right and the new rule on internet access speeds

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 … Continue Reading

Zero rating and Internet.org

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 … Continue Reading

Internet of Things: Business and Legal Framework Webinar

The DLA Piper Internet of Things group just launched a series of webinars on legal and business issues of the Internet of Things.  The first webinar will cover the Business and Legal Framework of the Internet of Things and will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 3.00 to 4.00pm UK time.… Continue Reading

Middle East – Telecoms Tegulatory Round-Up

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 series of very interesting reports … Continue Reading

THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE – SOME BASICS

By Petra Billing, Partner and Rob Shaw, Senior Associate – DLA Piper (real estate) The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) provides statutory rights to telecommunications operators to install and maintain electrical communications apparatus in, over or under land.  The principle of the Code is that no person should unreasonably be denied access to an electronic communications … Continue Reading

The Internet of Things – What’s next?

By Oliver Tenzer and Mike Conradi “There are already over 40 million devices connected via the Internet of Things in the United Kingdom alone. This is forecast to grow more than eight-fold by 2022, with hundreds of millions of devices carrying out more than a billion daily data transactions.”[1]  It comes as no surprise therefore, … Continue Reading

Storing IP addresses – German referal to the ECJ

By Jan Pohle, Partner, Cologne (Decision of 28 October 2014, VI ZR 135/13) The German Federal Supreme Court had to decide whether the Federal Republic of Germany may save the IP address of a visitor to their websites beyond the termination of the respective user activity. The Supreme Court decided first to suspend the proceedings … Continue Reading

Spain – Competition Authority orders 4G operators to give MVNOs access

Author: Ceyhun Pehlivan, Associate, Madrid Spain’s Competition Supervision Authority (CNMC), currently in charge of both competition and regulatory matters has ordered the main Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in Spain, namely Telefónica (Movistar), Vodafone and Orange, to ensure wholesale 4G network access for the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). This decision is made in response to … Continue Reading

Significant changes to the UK mobile sector – the consultation on Partial Non-Spots

By Mike Conradi, Partner, Amanda Pilkington, Legal Director and Sophie Levett, Associate – UK A recent consultation paper from the UK government could have significant effects on the UK mobile sector. On 5 November 2014 the Government issued a paper [1]setting out a suite of proposed policies aimed at tackling “partial non-spots” in mobile phone … Continue Reading
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