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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

Connected Cars – Legal Issues and Hurdles!

Written by by Giulio Coraggio October 3, 2014 Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019.  But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but also have an impact on product liability issues, … Continue Reading

The Internet of Things: Ofcom call for input

Written by Nichola Prescott, Associate, London Ofcom has issued a call for stakeholder input on the emerging Internet of Things.  The Internet of Things describes the inter-connection of multiple “things”, be they devices or sensors, that are able to communicate and share data with one another.  It is set to enable the collection and analysis of … Continue Reading

MVNO – trends and contracts

By Amanda Pilkington, Legal Director (UK) and Mike Conradi, Partner (UK) Today’s news that the Post Office is to launch a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in partnership with EE has led us to put together a few thoughts about the market and about MVNO contracts. Market trends Recent months have seen perhaps an increasing number … Continue Reading

Fraudulent use of a service by hackers – a lesson for service providers

A recent case contains some salutary lessons for service providers concerning liability for fraudulent use of their services. It appears that unless the contract has clear terms to the contrary then the service provider, not the end user, will pay for fraudulent use of a service by hackers even if the end user has not properly … Continue Reading

Telephone Numbers – An infinitely available scarce resource

by Eamon Holley, Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper (Dubai) How can something infinite still be a scarce resource?  In telecoms that’s exactly what numbers are considered, and they are managed carefully by regulators and operators alike.  And with the advent of many more new communications services, this regulation and management is becoming ever more complex … Continue Reading

Net Neutrality in the EU – latest status

The European Parliament has (on 3rd April) voted (at first reading) on a legislative proposal which includes new rules on “net neutrality”[1]. The text of this is not yet available in English but this note is based on our own informal English translation. The heart of these new rules is contained in paragraph 5 of … Continue Reading

Appealing a Telecoms Regulatory Decision

By Mike Conradi, Partner and Eamon Holley, Senior Legal Consultant Summary  A recent and interesting case (Colt v Office of Communications [2013] CAT 29) has shed some light on when and in what circumstances the decisions of the UK’s telecoms regulator can be appealed. Background Colt Technology Services (“Colt”) challenged the UK’s Office of Communications … Continue Reading
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