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Telecoms

The telecoms industry is undergoing seismic change. We provide agile, practical, innovative and global advice to help you navigate that change

Telecoms and Digital Infrastructure

As our lives and our built environment become increasingly connected and digitised, the role of telecoms companies in enabling this change is pivotal. While this presents significant opportunities for telecoms companies, competition is proliferating. Our lawyers have unparalleled expertise in the communications and digital infrastructure space, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology. We deliver integrated advice globally across all disciplines to communications, satellite and internet companies and their infrastructure providers, as well as to governments and regulators. We have worked on some of the market’s most significant projects, but we also regularly advise on the day-to-day issues that arise.

Digitisation has brought with it the inevitable trend towards consolidation and convergence. One of our key differentiators is being able to offer telecoms lawyers that not only have a deep understanding of telecoms, but also technology, data and commercial arrangements. This depth and breadth of expertise means that we can provide seamless, holistic advice. Our telecoms practice also works hand-in-hand with our broader telecoms sector group to cover all aspects of advice to industry clients, including on competition, finance, M&A, tax and litigation.

Our global team is not constrained by location. We have a history of helping to build and transform telecoms companies – and industries – across all continents. We can support you anywhere in the world to deliver advice on anything from next generation networks and satellite launch services, to smart cities, data analytics and commercialisation, to new digital products and more.

Our experience

Vodafone

Vodafone on many of its most transformational projects over the last 30 years, including its global outsourcing of application development and maintenance to IBM and HP, and the acquisition of Mannesmann and Cable & Wireless

Zain

Zain on the commercial and regulatory aspects of the restructuring and sale of its mobile and fixed line telecoms business across 14 African countries to Bharti Airtel

MTN

MTN on the negotiation of agreements for the obtaining of capacity on subsea cables across Africa built and managed by a Facebook-led consortium

Global communications providers

a number of global communications providers in relation to the lawful interception, monitoring and blocking of communications, content and data in multiple countries, as well as on data breach issues and issues regarding the creation and analysis of pooled data resources across their geographic and product markets

Arqiva

Arqiva on the drafting and negotiation of infrastructure sharing and development agreements in the context of the sale of its telecoms division to Cellnex Telecom S.A. for £2 billion

Sumitomo

Sumitomo on its collaboration with KDDI to develop a new mobile network in Myanmar
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