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Net Neutrality: The Emerging Debate in Asia

Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore permit net neutrality traffic control measures as long as they are fair and open.  In contrast, South Korea permits network operators to block traffic or charge extra fees to the users of certain applications.  The different policy approach in South Korea may be due to the country’s desire to be the world leader in 5G … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

UK Stamp Duty boost for tech companies

There should be no ‘Monday blues’ for UK start-ups and their investors as the new stamp duty exemption for securities trading on growth markets comes into effect today. The exemption was announced in last year’s budget and is intended to incentivise investor participation in the UK’s small and medium sized quoted businesses, some of which comprise ambitious tech companies seeking … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsConor Ward

European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.

The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament.  Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:

  • A single
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Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet Peter WattsPenny Thornton

The Court of Justice of the European Union has handed down its judgment in ITV Broadcasting Ltd (and others) v TV Catchup Ltd.

The Court of Justice of the European Union Rules in ITV Broadcasting Ltd (and others) v TV Catchup Ltd.

In an important case that re-enforces the breadth of the basic rights of broadcasters and content owners to control the distribution of content by alternative technical means, the CJEU recently ruled that live internet streaming of a free-to-air television channel … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Insights into future UK policy

UK minister Ed Vaizey today sketched the Government’s approach to some areas of media and communications policy ahead of a formal White Paper expected in the first half of 2013.

Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention he provided insights on areas including;

  • Spectrum: Alongside explicit recognition of the critical importance of spectrum, the Minister emphasised a continued focus on freeing
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Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Hogan Lovells TMT Wins Two Awards in One Week

Two members of our global team, with bases as far apart as Italy and Hong Kong, were recognised last week as leading TMT lawyers in separate awards.

Gabriela Kennedy, based in Hong Kong, won ‘Best in TMT’ for the second consecutive year at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards which honour the outstanding achievements of … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

Current UK Media Ownership Rules Reaffirmed By Regulator

In a report to Government  UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has concluded that, subject to its own recent recommendations  on the operation of the media plurality test, no immediate changes should be made to the UK rules on media ownership.

This was a regular review which Ofcom is required to undertake every three years. It looked at the following … Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

UK 4G Auction launched

 UK communications regulator Ofcom has taken another significant step on the road to 4G services being fully deployed across the UK.

The long running industry wrangles that have delayed 4G were finally resolved by a government brokered agreement last month.

Ofcom has now published the regulations and timetable that will govern the auction. The regulations set a provisional date for … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Breakthrough for UK 4G Roll Out

The latest agreement between the UK mobile industry and regulators represents a significant step toward the roll out of near-universally available 4G mobile coverage.

Introduction of 4G in the UK has been long dogged by differences between the operators through which regulator Ofcom has struggled to steer a successful course. Most recently, Ofcom was drawn into controversy by its decision … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Data Protection & Privacy, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

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