Communications Review 2020

Investment activity in the telecoms infrastructure market

We are delighted to be joined by industry experts, Chris Hogg, Investment Director at Amber Infrastructure, Phoebe Smith, Senior Investment Director at Whitehelm Capital, and Max Gilbert, Director at Oakley Advisory to discuss the growth in interest and investment activity in the telecoms infrastructure market. The panel will be considering the opportunities including those assets potentially ripe for investment and consolidation, the strategic drivers behind those and the potential barriers such as the impact of regulation or the availability of funding.

Speakers: Mike Freer

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Communications sector: look back at 2020 and look forwards to 2021

We are delighted to be joined by Paul Lee, Global Head of Research at Deloitte to breakdown the sector trends forecasted for 2021. The Deloitte Predictions publication is launched on this day, so we are excited to hear from Paul first hand. We will also be joined by Osborne Clarke’s Telecoms sector specialists who will take a look at the key developments in 2020, a regulatory snapshot and the implications Brexit will have on the Telecoms industry.

Speakers: Paul Lee, Jon Fell, Hannah Drew, Marc Shrimpling

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UK Electronic Communications Code: case updates from 2020 and industry insights

Industry expert Carlos Pierce, Head of Strategic Legal Projects & The Code Programme at Cornerstone, will provide an overview of the Speed Up Britain campaign and the drivers for, and importance of, this campaign for connectivity in the UK. Osborne Clarke’s property disputes team will take a look at three recent cases under the Electronic Communications Code, and provide the learnings to take forwards.

Speakers: Carlos Pierce, Leona Briggs, Emily Van Schalkwyk, Alexandra Foxon

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Standard Essential Patents and FRAND terms

The UK Supreme Court has agreed that in principle a global licence of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) and that the English courts have jurisdiction to determine royalty rates and other terms of a global SEP licence. In its landmark recent judgment in Unwired Planet v Huawei, the Supreme Court ruled on how patented technology should be licensed to equipment manufacturers accessing telecommunications standards. Arty Rajendra, UK Head of IP Disputes at Osborne Clarke and co-counsel for the successful party, Unwired Planet, will be joined in conversation with Senior Associate Anna Rawlings to discuss how this affects telecoms operators and users of IoT.

Speakers: Arty Rajendra, Anna Rawlings and Mike Freer as the host

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Telecoms and the key drivers of transformation

This is a topical session looking at how the telecoms sector is impacting and being impacted by decarbonisation, new urban dynamics and digitalisation. Our panel of Osborne Clarke experts from our Transformation team will look at the present day board room issues and future challenges as well as opportunities of these key transformation drivers in the sector. We’ll consider the strategies and timeframes for telecoms businesses moving to a sustainable future, how telecoms is crucial to the future of work and finally the opportunities to accelerate digitalisation.

Speakers: Eleanor Williams, Tamara Quinn, Alan John, Paul Matthews, Olivia Sinfield

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How the European Electronic Communications Code has been implemented in the UK and across Europe

Following the implementation deadline of 21 December 2020, we will take a look at how the EECC end user protections in Title III have been implemented in the UK. We will also review the implementation status of the EECC across the European member states.

Speakers: Hannah Drew, with speakers from across Osborne Clarke’s European offices

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