Webinar Recording: Exploring the Key Developments from WRC-19

Posted on 12th December 2019

In this webinar, we discussed the key developments from WRC-19 in relation to IMT, ESIMs, emerging access systems (HABS, HIBS), maritime and aeronautical safety services and more. We also looked ahead and discussed WRC-23.

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Tech Policy Trends 2019: Did We Get Them Right?

Posted on 10th December 2019

Our Tech Policy Trends report, published at the beginning of 2019, explored contemporary trends in technology policy through a series of articles. Twelve months on, we reflect on those trends, review the accuracy of our predictions and examine what has happened since.

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Risky Business: Is This the End of the WTO’s Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions?

Posted on 10th December 2019

As the end of 2019 looms closer, concerns over the decision to renew the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions have become critical. Since 1998, WTO members have continuously sought to extend the agreement, which prohibits the imposition of customs duties on cross-border electronic transmissions. However, the moratorium is due to end on the 31st of December 2019 and there is a significant risk that it will not be renewed. Without the moratorium in place, governments will be free to apply damaging tariffs to any cross-border data flows.

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IGF 2019: The Fall of the Digital Wall?

Posted on 9th December 2019

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which has taken place every year since 2006, was hosted in Berlin from 25 to 29 November, under the theme of “One World. One Net. One Vision.” Access Partnership were in attendance alongside UN Secretary General António Guterres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. For the second year in a row, head of the host nation and the UN Secretary General delivered speeches at the IGF, signalling a strong desire to overcome the key challenges surrounding the Internet governance.

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The Impact of EU Regulatory Frameworks on OTT Connectivity Providers

Posted on 4th December 2019

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the main risks facing OTT providers in relation to the provision of services in EU Member States and offer solutions to these issues. This paper will demonstrate that a new regulatory approach may not only directly affect OTT connectivity providers but is also likely to have an impact upon traditional electronic communication service providers as more focus will be placed on how they cooperate with OTT providers and permit the use of their numbers.

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From Users to Commissioners: Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility

Posted on 4th December 2019

With a fresh College of Commissioners in office, policy initiatives will soon follow. Cybersecurity has been named a priority and the largest concern for industry. Accordingly, lawmakers and industry experts discussed the current cybersecurity landscape and the shape of the future EU cybersecurity governance framework in the European Union at ForumEurope’s Annual Cybersecurity Conference on 14 November.

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