Author Archives: Rob Bratby

About Rob Bratby

Telecommunications, media and technology lawyer advising companies across Europe and Asia

Reforming Openreach’s governance: Ofcom’s proposals

In my last post, I summarised Ofcom’s initial conclusions from its review of the UK digital communications market. One of Ofcom’s conclusions was that the functional separation of BT’s Openreach division (which provides last mile access)  from the rest of … Continue reading

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Ofcom’s UK digital communications review: BT can keep Openreach (for now…)

On 25 February 2016 Ofcom published its initial conclusions from its strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market. Whilst much of the headline press coverage has focused on BT being able to retain Openreach, provided its governance is reformed, Ofcom’s review … Continue reading

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Singapore decides framework for allocation of 235 MHz of additional spectrum and encourages 4th MNO

On the 18 February 2016, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Agency (IDA) published its decision on the framework for the allocation of an additional 235 MHz of spectrum. This follows their earlier consultations. Key points are set out below: Two stage process to … Continue reading

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Governing development finance organisations: measuring development impact

Governance is important for both private and public sector organisations. For development finance organisations (such as IFC, CDC, Africa Development Bank and Asia Development Bank) which are publicly funded and invest in developing countries it is critical. A key part of … Continue reading

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Global IT tariffs eliminated? WTO wakes up?

“Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now. Owner: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay? Beautiful plumage!” – Monty … Continue reading

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Korea leads the world with cloud law encouraging cloud use

On 3rd March 2015, Korea passed the world’s first cloud-specific law, with the stated aim of driving the adoption of cloud computing in Korea. But what are the practical implications for cloud customers and cloud services providers in Korea?   This … Continue reading

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Myanmar mobile banking and payment: where to start?

Myanmar is currently largely a cash economy.  In this post we consider the types of mobile banking and payments solutions we predict will first gain traction in the Myanmar market: remittance services and banking the unbanked. Outside Myanmar, the way … Continue reading

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UK withdraws proposed updates to the Electronic Communications Code

On 22 January 2015, the UK Government withdrew its proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code. As the changes were unexpected, more time for consultation is not entirely unwelcome. However, as the changes in large part were positive, I hope … Continue reading

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UK proposes surprise changes to the Electronic Communications Code

In a surprise move, on 13 January the UK government announced plans to update the elderly (and, even to the House of Lords, rather incomprehensible) Electronic Communications Code which deals with the rights of telecoms operators to access public and private … Continue reading

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Will ISO 27018 help cloud customers to comply with Singapore’s data protection laws?

A key challenge for organisations who want to use cloud services is to do so in a way that is compliant with the organisations’ obligations under data protection laws. This guest post by Matt Hunter (@matthew1hunter) and Daniel Jung explains … Continue reading

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