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Across the telecoms industry, change is a constant. Converging technologies, pressure on operating costs, the increasing evolution of value-added services and the quest to maximise ARPU are just some of the drivers.

Change can be concerning, but that is where we step in, to help navigate the rapidly changing regulatory landscape with unrivalled advice backed by decades of being at the forefront of the sector.


Notable deals and highlights

  • We advised a leading mobile network operator on its mobile payments and data analytics joint venture including mobile payments, competition, commercial contracting and data protection. 
  • Our team advised a major mobile operator in its strategic global collaboration with VISA for the roll-out of mobile payments based on stored valued accounts.
  • We advised Level 3 Communications on its strategic acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a specialist in fibre optic networks providing ultra-high bandwidth, low latency connectivity for multi-sited customers.
  • Our team advised Stagecoach in creating a new alliance with EE to launch a mobile ticketing service for its bus and rail operations. This was the first UK Government standard commercial deployment of contactless transport ticketing.
  • We are advising a major fixed line operator on its participation in an international subsea cable project.

Codes of Practice on network security under the Telecoms Security Bill

In this article, we consider some of the key risks identified by the National Cyber Security Centre in January this year (in particular virtualisation of networks and the threats posed by signalling systems), what steps OFCOM may take in respect of related codes of practice for network security and whether the TSB can minimise network security issues without curbing innovative network solutions.

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