On Friday 17 June 2022, Ofcom announced a new set of rules coming into force requiring customers of telecoms services (including broadband, mobile and landline services) to be provided with “short and simple” contract details when signing up to a new deal, and an expanded right to exit from their
Continue Reading New rules on short and simple telecoms contract details

In the UK, Ofcom is responsible for, among other things, authorising and moderating use of radio spectrum. This is done through the granting of licences under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 or by making regulations exempting the use of particular equipment from the need to obtain such a licence. As
Continue Reading Ofcom proceeds with implementing the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) Regulations 2022

On 15 March 2022, Ofcom published a proposed Space Spectrum Strategy (Strategy) for consultation. The Strategy replaces an existing Space Spectrum Strategy published by Ofcom in 2017 and specifically sets out practical work actions Ofcom will focus on over the next two to four years.

Due to the
Continue Reading Ofcom publishes new Space Spectrum Strategy for consultation

This year has seen several pieces of legislation, regulations, and other instruments, released by the UK Government under a broader package of measures to maintain and enhance the security of communications networks and services in the UK. This includes, among others, the Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 (the “Security Act
Continue Reading Telecoms security: Draft Ofcom compliance guidance and resilience guidelines released for consultation

In November 2021, DLA Piper reported on the new Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 (the “Security Act”), which amends the existing telecoms security regime in place under the Communications Act 2003 (the “Communications Act”).

The Security Act establishes the overarching security obligations of telecoms providers, and provides
Continue Reading Draft Telecoms Security Regulations and Code of Practice released for consultation

On 17 November 2021, the Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 (the “Security Act”) was passed into law.
The Security Act will amend the existing security duties under the Communications Act 2003 (the “Communications Act”) which are applicable to providers of Public Electronic Communications Networks (“PECNs”)
Continue Reading Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021: New security obligations on providers of communications networks and services, and new powers for Ofcom to enforce compliance

In 2018, we published an article setting out Ofcom’s commitment to supporting investment in full fibre broadband and highlighted changes Ofcom was planning to introduce to applicable market regulation to support investment in fibre networks.

Market regulation in the wholesale fixed telecommunications market set out in our article fell away
Continue Reading UPDATE: Regulation of Fibre Broadband in the UK: Ofcom publishes wholesale fixed telecommunications market review decisions for 2021-2026

On December 21, 2020, the European Union’s new Electronic Communications Code (EECC) will begin regulating a broad range of previously unregulated services as Electronic Communications Services (ECS). Among these newly regulated services are email, connected wearable devices, and many other Over The Top (OTT) applications, such as audio, video and
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By Mike ConradiChristian Keogh & Joana Santos

On 5 February 2020, we first posted about the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) publication of technical advice to telecoms operators on their use of equipment from high-risk vendors (HRVs) in UK telecommunications networks – i.e. the Telecoms Security Requirements. Since
Continue Reading UPDATE: Huawei and use of high-risk vendors in UK telecoms networks