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Schoenherr | Austria | 3 Sep 2021

Digital Austria – overview of domestic digitalisation efforts

For many years, Austria has ranked among the most successful countries in Europe in terms of digitalisation. However, while it is to be welcomed that money and time can be saved and communication with authorities, enterprises and citizens can be accelerated and simplified through more interconnectivity and digitalisation of processes, care must be taken to ensure that the rights of the people......
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Creel, Garcia-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez, SC | Mexico | 20 Aug 2021

VoIP services in Mexico

Over the past year, mandatory remote work has contributed to the positioning of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videoconference services as an attractive alternative to traditional telephone services, both globally and in Mexico. As different VoIP solutions involve different services, some may be subject to certain regulatory licences and obligations in Mexico, which must be assessed......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 20 Aug 2021

NCC issues alerts on purchase and use of OTT TV boxes

"Over-the-top (OTT) TV boxes", also known as "internet protocol TV boxes", are small home electronic devices that can be used to download and stream media content. They are subject to the National Communications Commission's (NCC's) prior inspection and type approval before their introduction to the market. The NCC specifically prohibits device suppliers from offering any firmware or software......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 20 Aug 2021

Government launches broadband rollout trial to target hard-to-reach homes through water pipes

The government has announced a three-year project to accelerate the rollout of broadband and mobile signal in rural areas by feeding fibre-optic broadband cables through the United Kingdom's water pipes. The project will also look to test solutions that reduce the amount of water lost every day due to leaks, which is 20% of the total put into the public supply.
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 13 Aug 2021

NCC completes consultation on 5G vertical applications in 4.8–4.9GHz bands

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently completed its consultation on 5G vertical applications in the designated frequencies of 4.8–4.9GHz. It plans to enact a specific regulation for the operation of the designated mobile broadband networks no later than the end of 2021, subject to the results of spectrum clearance in the 4.8–4.9GHz band. The NCC will use the consultation to......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 6 Aug 2021

Ofcom publishes new licensing proposals to support satellite broadband sector

According to Ofcom, while non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems can potentially bring faster speeds to customers, it can be more complex for different NGSO satellite operators to agree on how to operate their networks without them interfering with each other. To help support competition in this market and protect the quality of the service that customers receive, Ofcom is proposing......
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Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados | Brazil | 23 Jul 2021

5G technology: key characteristics and bidding process

5G technology is set to revolutionise the way in which people relate to each other and how devices connect. The rollout of 5G technology in Brazil will be made possible via a wide range of radio frequency spectrum bands that are to be auctioned off by the Brazilian Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL). Given its strategic importance to Brazil's socioeconomic development, this is already being......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 9 Jul 2021

MOTC plans priority of spectrum allocation for beyond 5G satellite communication

In light of the growing need for high-speed broadband services in uneconomical rural areas, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has affirmed that next generation satellite communications are the right solution in the immediate future. The MOTC is actively pursuing amendments to the Radio Frequency Supply Plan by bringing forward the use of next generation satellite......
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Walder Wyss Ltd | Switzerland | 4 Jun 2021

Providers of OTT services qualify as DCSPs

The Federal Supreme Court recently confirmed a lower-instance court's decision that over-the-top service providers do not qualify as telecoms providers but rather as derived communications service providers under the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecoms and its ordinances. This decision provides a welcome clarification of the telecoms surveillance legislation.
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 4 Jun 2021

Significant change in communications security obligations for network and service providers

Following the introduction of the Telecoms (Security) Bill, details of key secondary legislation have been released – namely, the draft Electronic Communications (Security Measures) Regulations 2021. The draft secondary legislation continues in the same vein as the Telecoms (Security) Bill. Its scope is far reaching and it imposes considerable requirements on operators of networks as well as......
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