Digital TMT and Sourcing Predictions 2019

  2018 was a landmark year for digital TMT and sourcing. Against the backdrop of the UK's impending departure from the EU, there were a wealth of highlights as regulation moved further towards greater harmonisation at the European level; the… Read more

Reform of Telecommunications Framework

In May 2015, as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission published proposals to reform the EU telecommunications regulatory framework. Following a series of consultations in 2015, the Commission published further proposals to reform the EU legislation… Read more

The EU Blockchain Industry Roundtable

The EU Commission has published a news release on the EU Blockchain's Industry Roundtable held on 20 November 2018. The roundtable was an important step towards creating a European community to support the deployment of blockchain in the European Union.… Read more

Fintechs: the golden ticket to innovation?

If the level of capital flowing into the financial technology sector is any indication, the growth in number and size of financial technology start-ups cannot be denied. According to a report by KPMG, global investment in fintech companies reached US… Read more

Collaborate and Diversify: Connectivity in the Digital Age

Transformation in the global telecoms ecosystem is gathering momentum. It is driven by evolving technologies, growing customer appetite for hyperconnectivity and a new breed of competitor. In their quest for a place within this fast moving landscape, traditional telecoms companies… Read more

Personalised Health and the Future of Pharma

Growing social and political pressures combined with disruptive technologies and scientific innovation are changing the way pharma companies do business. In their mission to address unmet medical need and deliver differentiated products, pharma companies and other players in the sector… Read more

Budget 2018: Investing in a rapidly evolving digital landscape

Advances in technology and changing business models are transforming the global economy across all industry sectors. The measures announced by the Chancellor in Monday's Budget Speech showcase how the UK Government is seeking to embrace innovation and new and emerging… Read more

Green light for new automated and electric vehicles act

On 19 July 2018, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament. The new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act represents the first legislative step towards the UK Government's aim of establishing the UK… Read more

Sourcing in the Digital Age – Shaped by Disruption

Many people believe that we are currently witnessing a fourth industrial or technological revolution, with the advent and increasing use of a wave of disruptive technology. Over the past fi ve years, the market has seen the arrival of a… Read more

Future perfect: the rise of blockchain

It has been a decade since the invention of blockchain, the technology with the potential to disrupt industries and sectors far and wide. Yet it remains an area of confusion for many, with its application in the cryptocurrency sphere gaining… Read more

Digitalisation: reshaping the industry landscape

Challenges and Opportunities for the Communications Industry The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. The increasing availability of technologies such as 5G wireless, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud, big data analytics and the Internet of Things is dramatically transforming… Read more

Audiovisual media services: Back to the 80’s?!

On 19 March 2018, the European Commission published a notice to stakeholders on the consequences of Brexit for audiovisual media services. This makes it clear that, subject to any transitional arrangement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in… Read more

Fintech focuses regulatory thinking: A round up of recent activity

The proliferation of Fintech comes at a time when international regulators are significantly increasing their oversight of the financial services sector. As such, the most appropriate way to approach Fintech continues to preoccupy international and regional standard setters. Whilst recent… Read more

House of Commons briefing on mobile roaming and Brexit

In July 2017, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on the impact of Brexit on the recent abolition of mobile roaming charges (the "Briefing Paper"). The European Commission's 2015 regulation on roaming and net neutrality (the so-called… Read more

First reading of Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill

The Telecommunications Infrastructure (relief from Non-Domestic rates) Bill 2017-2019 ("the Bill") passed its second reading debate in the House of Commons without any division on Monday 10 July 2017. MPs will next consider the Bill in a Committee of the… Read more

First Digital Economy Act Commencement Regulations Published

The first commencement instrument under the Digital Economy Act 2017 (the "Act") has now been published. The Act anticipates staggered commencement dates with many of the provisions being commenced and the detail provided by secondary legislation. The recent Digital Economy… Read more