Tag Archives: telecoms regulations

Lawful intercept on VoIP services – Skype in Belgium

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 the company was considered as a … Continue Reading

Roaming and MVNOs – too clever by half

Just a quick note to draw attention to a decision by BIPT, the regulator in Belgium here Lycamobile has been fined €30,000 for violation of the “roam like at home” requirements of the roaming regulation (contained in the 2012 regulation as amended in 2015). It appears that they were offering add-on bundles (at attractive prices) … Continue Reading

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

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

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

The most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform? No way!

The European Commission’s claim that this weeks proposed new telecoms regulation constitutes “the most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform” is preposterous. That honour must belong to the set of new directives in 2002 which transformed the structure of telecoms regulation and facilitated competition throughout Europe. Instead the plans make great play … Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms market opens up for competition

What has happened? The telecoms regulator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has set a deadline of 4 May 2013 for companies to submit applications for three mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licenses in the KSA, as the market opens up for further competition. The winners of the licenses will be announced twelve weeks … Continue Reading

OFCOM’s letter on number portability threatens MVNO and Telecoms Resellers’ businesses

A little-noticed public letter published on 7th December by OFCOM, the UK telecoms regulator, states that in their view resellers of telecoms services do NOT have the right to “port” all the numbers which have been allocated to them by another communications provider when, for example, they wish to switch to another wholesale provider. Only … Continue Reading
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