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Westerberg & Partners Advokatbyrå AB | 5 Dec 2022

Infringement of radio and television companies' signal rights in Sweden

🕑 4 minutes In Sweden, criminal and civil cases regarding pirated broadcasting signals can often be mired in technical minutiae and complicated legal questions regarding territoriality. A recent criminal case from the Patent and Market Court of Appeal shows that these cases can be assessed in a pragmatic and efficient way. It serves as a reminder that criminal complaints against the......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 11 Nov 2022

Regulatory and market challenges ahead as "Equinox II" BT offer rumoured for end of 2022

🕑 4 minutes Recent press reports and wider industry dialogues suggest that BT is planning to offer a second wholesale price cut offer for the sale of their gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises broadband line to UK internet service providers. An Equinox 2 offer will potentially be wider, covering migrating customers from copper to fibre lines. This article answers the most important......
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Grau & Angulo | Spain | 7 Nov 2022

Spanish patent court upholds patent infringement actions against Telefónica in relation to its pay television platform Movistar +

🕑 3 minutes Barcelona Commercial Court No. 4 recently upheld actions filed by Two-Way Media Ltd for the infringement of two of its patents, which related to different aspects of internet protocol television technology used in the television platform Movistar +. The judgment, which touched upon almost every matter related to IP controversies, also dismissed the invalidity actions filed by the......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 16 Sep 2022

Government lays new telecoms security regulations and accompanying draft code of practice in Parliament

The government has laid the new Electronic Communications (Security Measures) Regulations 2022 in Parliament, along with a draft Telecommunications Security Code of Practice. The regulations and code are intended to address risks to the security of the United Kingdom's public telecoms networks and services. Public telecoms providers that fail to comply with the regulations could face fines of......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 24 Jun 2022

New Ofcom rules on short and simple contract details now in force

Under Ofcom's General Conditions of Entitlement, customers must now be provided with a short, one-page summary of the main contract terms before entering a contract, including clear examples of how any price increases will affect the price they pay. Ofcom says that this is designed to help people avoid being caught out by surprise price rises, at a time when household budgets are under heavy......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 15 Apr 2022

Government announces first phase of pilot to run high-speed broadband through water pipes in Yorkshire

In August 2021, the government 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 government has now announced the first phase of the trials to take place in South Yorkshire. The trials will last for up to two years and, if successful, the technology could......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 18 Mar 2022

Ofcom publishes statement on future of telephone numbers

The traditional landline phone network in the United Kingdom, the public switched telephone network, is coming to the end of its life and is gradually being replaced. Ofcom has decided to amend the rules that govern the use of phone numbers in the United Kingdom to ensure they take account of the substantial changes taking place in the country's networks and continue to promote consumer......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 11 Mar 2022

Ofcom consults on enabling spectrum sharing in upper six gigahertz band

Ofcom has published a consultation proposing to add the upper six gigahertz band (6425-7070 megahertz) to its shared access licence framework for low-power, indoor use. The framework enables shared use of spectrum, which Ofcom says makes it easier for people and businesses to access it for a wide range of local wireless applications. In the case of the six gigahertz band, Ofcom believes that......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 4 Mar 2022

Government consults on proposed designated vendor direction and designation notice to restrict Huawei in UK telecoms networks

A consultation has been launched with telecoms firms on proposed legal instruments to control the use of Huawei in UK networks. UK telecoms providers have already begun to remove Huawei from the UK's 5G networks following the recent government's announcement. The government is now required by the new Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 to consult with the industry on the proposed measures......
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PHH Rechtsanwälte | Austria | 22 Feb 2022

Financing fibre networks in Austria: key considerations for banks and other financial institutions

Demand for high-speed internet is growing continuously. In Austria, current estimates predict investment volumes of €10 billion to €12 billion in order to achieve full coverage of gigabit-capable internet services, making the country an interesting market for debt and equity investors that specialise in digital infrastructure.
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