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January Update: Tech and Telecoms

5 January 2018

A new year brings politicians back to Westminster to confront an array of perplexing policy challenges.

With almost half the Article 50 trigger period now elapsed, Brexit negotiations are entering the critical second phase, with the Government eager to secure the details of the official transition period and future relationship beyond.

Meanwhile, ministers are due a reshuffle brought about after the forced resignation of Damian Green, and Labour continues to press the Prime Minister on public services and cost of living questions.

Here, Arran Russell, DeHavilland's Head of Service, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this January.

What's on the agenda this month

by Arran Russell, Head of Service

As January begins, a major piece of legislation for the sector - the Data Protection Bill - is entering the latter stages of its time in Lords. With the discussion on Brexit changing to one focused on regulatory alignment or divergence, we'll be keeping a close eye on how this debate develops for the sector.

Meanwhile, communications regulator Ofcom is currently consulting on its proposed annual plan for 2018-2019 and hosting a number of public events designed to produce feedback.

Regulators are also focusing on future mobile technologies as they look to conduct new spectrum auctions designed to boost 4G networks and launch 5G, the latest generation of connectivity.

Ofcom is expected to go ahead with the process after beating an industry-led legal challenge over its proposed structure in December. Following the decision, one of the litigants, Three, indicated its interest in an appeal.

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Arran Russell, Service Manager
Arran Russell
Service Manager

Arran manages the work of DeHavilland's Service teams in London and Brussels. A graduate of the University of Manchester, he has previously worked for the CIPD and Westminster Forum Projects.