Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Our Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice is one of the most established and respected practices in its field in the Asia Pacific region. With clients ranging from state governments and statutory boards to multinational corporations in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software sectors, we’ve been involved in many of the largest and most complex IT and telecommunications projects of recent years.
Led by Rajesh Sreenivasan who has over 15 years’ experience in this highly specialised area, and is the only Asian lawyer nominated in the Expert Guides Best of the Best Information Technology Lawyers 2013, the team and its partners have won numerous awards and accolades for excellence in legal service over the years. Steve Tan, another key partner in the team, has extensive experience in IT projects and in media-related matters including exploitation and commercialisation issues across multiple technological platforms.
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Telecommunications Competition and Regulatory
We stay constantly engaged with various regional telecommunications regulators on regulatory compliance matters and have been engaged both by the regulators and by the telecommunications principals in this area of work. Our role also extends to acting as the Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Carrier Coalition.
We have managed various telecommunications regulatory submissions for our clients including engagements by numerous telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers to secure telecommunications regulatory clearance in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region for over 10 years.
At state level, the team helped the telecommunications regulator in Brunei formulate a new telecommunications licensing regime, including a regulator’s handbook, telecommunications licences and a competition regime.
On the regional front, our practice has been engaged by the ASEAN Secretariat to facilitate a pan-ASEAN forum on legislative and regulatory reforms to collectively address convergence of IT, telecommunications and broadcasting across all ASEAN member countries.
We work jointly with our firm’s competition practice headed by Kala Anandarajah with regards to telecommunications competition matters in the Asia Pacific region.
In this area, we have structured complex telecommunications infrastructure procurement agreements based on traditional and PPP models.
We were counsel to various principals in Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) project.
We were engaged as the lead telecommunications counsel in the first MVNO arrangements in both Singapore in 2002 for the US$1 Billion Virgin Mobile MVNO and in the first Malaysian MVNO in 2007.
We helped draft the legal infrastructure for 3G network roll-outs and several satellite services arrangements and submarine cable landing facilities arrangements.
Regionally, we have been engaged in several infrastructure projects – most recently, as lead counsel for one of the largest submarine cable roll-outs in Asia Pacific, the US$1.5 billion Palapa Ring project in Indonesia.
Information Technology Procurement
Since the start of the dot-com era, we’ve been extensively involved in this field. Our broad experience and in-depth knowledge has enabled us to help numerous state level IT major organisations in Malaysia and Indonesia in drafting and negotiating complex IT procurement contracts based on shared services, outsourcing and PPP models. We have also been setting the benchmark as pioneer draftsmen for various cloud computing contract structures both from a vendor and a consumer perspective in the Asia Pacific region.
We travel far and wide to manage projects of this nature, having been involved in various transnational deals with countries including Kazakhstan, Australia, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, Canada, UK and Nigeria.
Information Technology Regulatory
As one of the region’s most experienced teams in this complex and dynamic area, we have been engaged by numerous state level IT regulatory bodies. For example, we have recently been asked by the World Bank to draft the IT legislation for Mongolia. And the same client has also chosen us to lead an electronic commerce legislative benchmarking exercise involving over 20 East Asian and Pacific nations.
Other major international projects include drafting the ICT legislation for the Kingdom of Lesotho in Africa, and working with the World Bank and the UNDP to draft new ICT laws and regulatory policies for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and ICT mandates in Brunei Darussalam and Bangladesh.
We were engaged by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2008 and 2009 to co-lead an e-government capacity building exercise involving all Caribbean community member nations. Our lawyers have also served on various Singapore government committees to advise on IT regulatory policies in Singapore.
Digital Media – Procurement and Regulatory
We have been involved in major content licensing and digital media matters. We assist our clients in content procurement matters such as in the drafting and negotiating of content license and distribution agreements. We further assist in submitting representation to the Media Development Authority in Singapore and other regional media regulators on behalf of our media clients pertaining to securing the necessary statutory right to broadcast, license or distribute all forms of media both film based and digital in the Asia Pacific region.
Data Protection Compliance
We have advised on data protection matters in the Asia Pacific Region in conjunction with our various regional partner firms) throughout a wide range of industries, including IT companies, financial institutions and insurance firms. Examples of our advice include data protection compliance exercises and data protection advice in relation to the management of data relevant to various transactions, marketing exercises and for human resource purposes.