Ofcom sets 4 December deadline for UK 5G 2021 spectrum auction applications

In a notice published today, 18 November 2020, Ofcom specified that the days for receipt of applications to participate in the UK 2021 5G spectrum auctions are between the times of 10:00 (UK time) on 3 December 2020 and 16:00 (UK time) on 4 December 2020. More detail on the upcoming auctions can be found in this earlier post.

UK Intellectual Property Office seeks views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

On 7 September 2020, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published a call for views on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the UK’s Intellectual Property (IP) laws. Responses are due by 30 November. The consultation takes place against the backdrop of worldwide interest in AI and the law by governments and regulators. The …

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US restrictions sound death knell for Huawei?

The US has updated its rules to prevent Huawei’s access to commercially available chips that use US technology in a move that could sound the death knell for the Chinese telecoms firm. Under new restrictions, announced on Monday 17 August by the US Commerce Department, companies globally will need to obtain a licence to sell …

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UK 5G spectrum auction date set for January 2021

On 3 August 2020, Ofcom confirmed that the UK’s 5G auction would go ahead, with bidding starting in January 2021. The auction is set to increase the spectrum available for mobile in the UK by 18%. This should lead to better and faster mobile data services. 80MHz of spectrum will be auctioned in the (recently …

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UK confirms it will mostly implement new EU telecoms law (despite Brexit)

On 22 July 2020, the UK government confirmed that it would largely implement the European Electronic Communications Code – the EU’s updated, harmonised regulatory framework for telecoms – into UK law by 21 December 2020. This confirms the approach from that first announced in July 2019, providing welcome certainty, despite a change in the leader …

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UK excludes Huawei from 5G

UK excludes Huawei from 5G and broadband networks: the UK Government has announced a U-turn on Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks, following a meeting of the National Security Council, that will delay 5G rollout by two to three years and increase costs by up to £2 billion.

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority issues guidance on cloud

On 7 July 2016, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued finalised guidance for authorised UK financial institutions use of cloud services. In a marked contrast to some other jurisdictions’ approach, this guidance is issued against a policy backdrop of FCA’s ‘Project Innovate’ which is a initiative to foster innovation and competition. The FCA say:

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European Network and Information Security Directive adopted to address cyber-threats

On 6 July 2016, the European Union (which for now includes the UK) adopted the Network and Information Security (or NIS) Directive. This imposes obligations on three sets of stakeholders:

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