On the 29th October 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports published a consultation that focuses on addressing the issue of compelling landlords to consider the telecoms connectivity of their tenants and allowing Operators to install infrastructure where landlords are unresponsive.

The consultation is specifically seeking views on
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[This is an updated version of my earlier blog piece from July to take account of revisions agreed through the legislative process since then.]

The new European Communications Code (the “Code” – which I have blogged about here) will introduce a mechanism allowing investments in fibre networks made by
Continue Reading Co-Investment Models for Broadband Infrastructure – an explanation and short critique (updated)

**NOTE – THERE IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS NOTE HERE **

The new European Communications Code (the “Code” – which we have blogged about here) will introduce a mechanism allowing investments in fibre networks made by operators with significant market power (SMP), in some circumstances, to be excluded
Continue Reading Co-Investment Models for Broadband Infrastructure – an explanation and short critique

**NOTE THERE IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST HERE**

It is now almost two years since the European Commission proposed a new “European Electronic Communications Code” (the “Code”) which would amend and consolidate the current regime (dating from 2002). [i]

On 29 June 2018 a new, amended, draft was published. This is expected to go to a final vote in the Autumn of this year.

The Code will, when finalised, repeal the existing 2002 Directives and replace them with a single, consolidated text, for implementation in Member States within two years. Having spent some time reading through the (c.450) pages the main changes or issues appear to be as follows:


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By Christoph Engelmann, Senior Associate, Hamburg

DLA Piper recently advised a client (Transatel) on a very interesting matter leading to the German telecommunications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) issuing a landmark decision on the applicability of the Roaming Regulation on so-called 901 International Mobile Subscription Identities (IMSI). In this decision BNetzA
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Article by Catherine Gysels, DLA Piper Brussels

According to Belgian criminal law, providers of telecommunication services are obliged to cooperate if an investigating judge orders a wiretap measure. In November 2017, Skype was found guilty of failing to give essential information and provide a wiretap on Skype calls as
Continue Reading Lawful intercept on VoIP services – Skype in Belgium

The new Electronic Communications Code came into force on 28 December 2017.

The intention behind the new Code is to introduce a range of measures to make it easier for telecoms operators to roll-out infrastructure.  The Code therefore gives telecommunications operators statutory rights to enable the installation, maintenance and use
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