Telecommunications INDUSTRIES

Telecom and wireless technology has fundamentally changed our business and personal lives in a very short time. Email, PDAs and mobile communications devices—unfamiliar to most of us 15 years ago—are now ubiquitous. New technologies bring enormous market opportunities, but market opportunities alone do not ensure long-term success. Long-term success requires a solid corporate structure, financial health, protection of critical technologies and the agility to navigate changing regulatory requirements.

WilmerHale has played a leading role in shaping the rules that govern telecommunications and online services in both the United States and Europe. When important issues of first impression arise in these fiercely competitive industries, companies turn to us for focused insight and effective problem solving. We understand our clients' businesses, and we bring experience and technical knowledge to the issues of greatest importance to them.

We have counseled hundreds of telecom and wireless clients, ranging from leading service providers to emerging startup companies.

Telecom and wireless technology has fundamentally changed our business and personal lives in a very short time. Email, PDAs and mobile communications devices—unfamiliar to most of us 15 years ago—are now ubiquitous. New technologies bring enormous market opportunities, but market opportunities alone do not ensure long-term success. Long-term success requires a solid corporate structure, financial health, protection of critical technologies and the agility to navigate changing regulatory requirements.

WilmerHale has played a leading role in shaping the rules that govern telecommunications and online services in both the United States and Europe. When important issues of first impression arise in these fiercely competitive industries, companies turn to us for focused insight and effective problem solving. We understand our clients' businesses, and we bring experience and technical knowledge to the issues of greatest importance to them.

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Experience

We represent telecom and wireless innovators and market leaders. Our clients include:

Acopia Networks
Airvana
Airwide Solutions
Amdocs
America Online
Analog Devices
Arbor Networks
Axsun Technologies
Bell South
Bookham
Comverse
Deutsche Telekom
Metro PCS
Mobistar
Nortel Networks
OPNET Technologies
Orange
Polychromix
Propagate Networks
Qwest
Raysat
RSA Security
SBC
Starent Networks
Tazz Networks
Verizon Communications
Verizon Wireless

Publications & News

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July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years. 

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 3, 2016

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it reviewed a record 147 notices in 2014, a 52% increase from 2013.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

March 10, 2016

Tightening Internet Regulation in China

While the so-called Great Firewall remains in place to block unwanted overseas content and postings by ordinary citizens remain subject to censorship, now the restrictions on publishing and programming familiar to radio, film and television are being extended in full to the Internet.

January 19, 2016

Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief Implemented: New Opportunities Await Non-US Companies, but Comprehensive US Transaction and Export Restrictions Remain in Effect

On January 16, 2016, the United States, its negotiating partners and Iran announced the arrival of Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to which the parties agreed on July 14, 2015 with respect to the Iranian nuclear program. 

January 14, 2016

China Issues Updated Telecommunications Services Catalogue

China has for the first time in 12 years issued a new edition of the Telecommunications Services Catalogue to replace the badly outdated 2003 version issued shortly after China's WTO accession.

July 15, 2015

Final Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the final terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

May 22, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security Initiative for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

While the FTC's initial focus in the Start with Security initiative has been on providing guidance to small and medium-sized businesses, it also serves to put companies of all sizes on notice that the FTC will be increasingly targeting security practices relating to emerging technologies, apps, connected household devices and the "Internet of Things."