Category Archives: Fixed

Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón issues damning opinion on the Data Retention Directive

Last week (12/12/2013), a serious blow was dealt to one of the fundamental building blocks establishing the legal framework for retention of data for law enforcement across Europe.  Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón (AG) at the Court of Justice of the … Continue reading

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Insight to China, India and Japan’s communications markets from Ofcom report

Ofcom this week published its most recent report comparing the UK’s communications (telecoms, TV, radio, web and post) market with 16 other countries, including China, India and Japan.  Whilst Ofcom’s press releases have focused on the comparatively good performance of … Continue reading

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India opens telecoms sector to 100% foreign investment

On Tuesday 16th July the Indian Government announced its decision to relax its foreign direct investment rules to permit 100% foreign investment in the telecoms sector, up from the prior cap of 74%. In the basic and cellular telecoms services sectors, 49 per cent foreign investment will … Continue reading

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How do you solve a premium rate number problem like Indonesia’s?

Although this blog started with something of a musical theme, todays post has got nothing to do with the Sound of Music. Instead, on my recent visit to Jakarta I discovered that the Indonesian telecoms industry has got a problem with … Continue reading

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Continued growth in Asian technology, media and telecoms sectors in 2012 despite Eurozone troubles

With the launch party of Olswang Asia happening tonight, I have been musing on the economic outlook for Asia in 2012 and beyond. At a very micro-level I have been very pleasantly surprised by the (extraordinarily high) level of interest in our launch … Continue reading

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Will reforms to Cambodia’s telecoms regulatory regime reduce investment risk?

I have been experiencing an interesting shift in the way that I advise clients on risk as part of my move from Europe to Asia. Almost a week after the Indian Supreme Court revoked 122 mobile licences on the grounds that … Continue reading

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Behavioral economics to the fore as Ofcom bans automatic contract renewals

Following consultation on its earlier proposals, last week Ofcom confirmed that it would update General Condition 9 so as to prohibit contracts that automatically renew at the end of their initial term for additional periods from being offered to residential … Continue reading

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CAT considers dispute resolution whilst Ofcom publishes annual communications market review

Regular readers will have noticed that this blog has been rather quiet of late. Normal service will be resumed in September – for now my energies are being directed into writing up some original research on mobile money as well as … Continue reading

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Ofcom consults on exercising discretion to not order repayment in LLU dispute

Last week Ofcom started a consultation in relation to LLU charges in which is intending to not exercise its discretion to order repayment of overcharges. The circumstances in which repayment is ordered is currently a very live issue with BT, the regulator Ofcom and … Continue reading

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Ofcom issue revised penalty guidelines

Ofcom today issued revised guidelines on the penalties they may impose on those breaching rules policed by Ofcom. The new guidelines replace prior guidelines dating from 2003 and apply to a rag-bag of over 40 potential contraventions, although significantly not … Continue reading

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