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Tag Archives: VATS

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Sherry GongNolan Shaw

Trapped behind the firewall, foreign VPN services disrupted in China

In January 2015, a number of virtual private network (“VPN”) companies located outside of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) that serve customers within China reported major disruptions of service. These disruptions, reportedly the result of an upgrade to China’s censorship system stemming from safety concerns, have affected many people and companies … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Kurt Tiam

New rules on VATS for Shanghai FTZ – a cause for optimism?

Since the establishment of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), investors have been closely monitoring the liberalization policies in the telecommunications sector. Historically, given the highly sensitive nature of the telecommunications sector, foreign participation has been very limited in this highly regulated industry. In China, telecommunication services are divided for regulatory purposes into basic telecommunication services (“BTS”) and value-added … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband

Hogan Lovells launches Shanghai Free Trade Zone microsite

Hogan Lovells today announced the launch of its Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“FTZ“) microsite to provide information and resources with respect to the latest developments in the FTZ.  The microsite contains an analysis of the FTZ rules relating to value-added telecommunications services (“VATS“).

The microsite showcases Hogan Lovells’ unique market positioning as the only major international … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Andrew McGintySherry GongKurt Tiam

China signals further liberalization of value-added telecom services in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

On April 15, 2014, China’s MIIT issued long-awaited guidance on foreign-investment in value-added telecom platforms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.  A full analysis of the new provisions is available here.

Since the establishment of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ“), investors have been closely monitoring the liberalization policies in the telecommunications sector.  Historically, given the … Continue Reading