Telecoms, wireless—at-a-glance industry guide for commercial lawyers
Produced in partnership with Andrew Sharpe of Orange Business Services
Telecoms, wireless—at-a-glance industry guide for commercial lawyers

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Andrew Sharpe of Orange Business Services provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Telecoms, wireless—at-a-glance industry guide for commercial lawyers
  • Mobile networks
  • GSM networks
  • 3G/UMTS networks
  • 4G networks
  • 5G networks
  • Satellite networks
  • Wireless networks
  • Wi-fi
  • WiMAX
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

Mobile networks

This Practice Note provides an introductory at-a-glance guide to the wireless telecoms industry for commercial lawyers.

Mobile electronic communications networks are often known as cellular networks. This is because they are made up of a tessellation of cells, designed so that the network can use its allocated frequency spectrum in the most efficient way possible.

A cell is defined as the area of coverage of a base station (BS), with adjacent cells using different frequencies to minimise channel interference. Cells in rural areas cover a larger area than in built-up areas, where more capacity is required.

GSM networks

Global System for Mobile communications (GSM—this is a backronym, as technically GSM is the Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most ubiquitous network standard. GSM is known as 2G (second generation, the first being analogue mobile networks). 2G continues to develop from the system first deployed in

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