Following the introduction of the Telecoms (Security) Bill, details of key secondary legislation have been released – namely, the draft Electronic Communications (Security Measures) Regulations 2021. The draft secondary legislation continues in the same vein as the Telecoms (Security) Bill. Its scope is far reaching and it imposes considerable requirements on operators of networks as well as service providers either in or with any operations in the United Kingdom.
In its plan of work for 2021/2022, Ofcom outlined plans to develop a strategy for its approach to the mobile sector to support innovation and ensure that people across the United Kingdom get the connections that they need. Ofcom has now published the terms of reference for its upcoming mobile strategy review. The review will aim to ensure that the mobile market works well for people and businesses over the next five to 10 years.
The government is proposing law changes to boost ongoing efforts to improve rural connectivity. It says that the reforms will reduce build time and costs for new infrastructure while protecting rural areas by minimising any visual impact. Under the proposals, mobile companies will be allowed to make new and existing masts up to five metres taller and two metres wider than currently permitted.
Ofcom recently published a statement on how it will regulate the wholesale markets that underpin landline and mobile phone calls in the United Kingdom between April 2021 and March 2026. To continue to protect customers from high prices, Ofcom will cap termination rates for calls made and received in the United Kingdom, based on the cost of connecting a call.