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We understand that our clients in the telecommunications sector need specialist advice, so we've built a team of dedicated telecommunications lawyers with a detailed knowledge of the market and regulatory landscape, and a precise technical understanding of the technology.

We have deep experience across the full "spectrum" of communications technologies, including 5G roll-out, mobile networks, subsea cable transactions, fibre rollout projects, and satellite projects. This breadth of experience gives us the ability to see the big picture within the industry, blending commercial, regulatory and network security advice seamlessly to support our clients' needs.

Notable deals and highlights

      • The team advised MBNL on the renegotiation of a 10-15 year deal for a significant mobile tower and site portfolio with Arqiva/Cellnex. This project (which lasted two years and was supported by over thirty lawyers) involved complex negotiations that needed to cater for the imminent relocation of Arqiva's portfolio assets and the changing regulatory environment for network sharing.
      •  The team advised a national provider of fibre backhaul infrastructure on a bid for the development, operation and maintenance of a 200km+ backhaul network to connect various local authorities. We advised on draft Works, O&M and Duct Licence Agreements as well as the State Aid implications of the proposal.
      • The team advised a national provider of bandwidth infrastructure services on a bid to acquire a fibre network in the north of England. Our team provided advice on the Share Purchase Agreement as well conducting due diligence on the various customer contracts; key supplier agreements; wayleave agreements; and the transitional service agreement.
      • The team advised the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Bahrain) on the introduction of billing and metering regulations, revised consumer protection laws and the introduction of their interim measures legislation.

      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.


      Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review

      In March 2021, OFCOM published its final approach to promoting competition and investment in fibre networks as part of its Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, covering the period from April 2021 to March 2026. In this report, Fieldfisher's expert Telecoms team summarise the Decision Statement's key elements, and the extent to which OFCOM's key objectives are likely to be met.

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