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5G is not just another G. It‘s a different model – not only connecting people, but creating  business environments and new opportunities for revenue growth. These opportunities come with legal challenges. Additionally, huge investments need to be made to realise 5G’s potential in the coming years. 

Named 2019 Legal Advisor of the Year at the TMT Finance M&A Awards, CMS guides network operators, infrastructure providers, their clients, investors and financiers through their 5G and digital communications infrastructure journey to help them prepare for what may be coming around the corner. 

Please explore our 5G guide which explores over 30 countries, the videos below, and get in touch if you would like to speak with any of our lawyers. 

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CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G
A glob­al over­view
14 January 2021
5G Rol­lout: In­vest­ing and Mon­et­ising in the Next Phase of Con­nectiv­ity

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28 November 2019
5G ad­op­tion: Colom­bia’s con­nectiv­ity roadmap and in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies
In April, Colom­bia’s Min­istry of In­form­a­tion and Com­mu­nic­a­tions Tech­no­logy and the Na­tion­al Spec­trum Agency have set the path for 5G ad­op­tion, in or­der to be­come the first coun­try in Lat­in Amer­ica to...
11 January 2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G reg­u­la­tion and law
At the start of a New Year, most people agree that 5G will change our lives for the bet­ter. Un­like earli­er mo­bile gen­er­a­tions, 5G will not only mark a rad­ic­al change in the way we com­mu­nic­ate (low latency...
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23 December 2020
Itali­an For­eign Dir­ect In­vest­ment Re­gime: Over­view and re­cent re­forms
The reg­u­la­tion on con­trol of for­eign in­vest­ments in Italy has been sub­ject to sig­ni­fic­ant changes over the last two years. Such re­forms have mainly con­cerned the scope of ap­plic­a­tion of the do­mest­ic le­gis­la­tion...
27 November 2019
CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex re­veals pos­it­ive trends in in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor
In­fra­struc­ture In­dex re­veals pos­it­ive trends in in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor CMS pub­lishes its bi­en­ni­al glob­al In­fra­struc­ture In­dex which ranks 50 coun­tries in or­der of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment at­tract­ive­ness­Ger­many...
10 December 2020
Ro­mania to launch 5G auc­tion in Q2 of 2021
On 4 Decem­ber 2020, the Ro­mani­an Na­tion­al Au­thor­ity for Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Reg­u­la­tion in Com­mu­nic­a­tions (AN­COM) launched its 2021 ac­tion plan for pub­lic de­bate, which will fea­ture the launch of the 5G...
26 November 2019
Bridging Con­tin­ents - In­fra­struc­ture In­dex 2019
The CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex ana­lyses data across 50 jur­is­dic­tions against six cri­ter­ia to cre­ate a guide to the most at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tions for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.In Bridging Con­tin­ents, the 2019 CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex, we see that in­fra­struc­ture is con­nect­ing people world­wide at an un­pre­ced­en­ted pace. De­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies are in­vest­ing heav­ily in roads, rail and air­ports to drive eco­nom­ic growth and bring them closer to in­ter­na­tion­al trad­ing part­ners and the rol­lout of 5G and build­ing of smart cit­ies are cre­at­ing new di­git­al high­ways. Ger­many has taken top spot.  Ger­many’s fo­cus on sus­tain­ab­il­ity and in­nov­a­tion is the driv­ing force be­hind its po­s­i­tion. The coun­try is aim­ing to make cli­mate ac­tion part of the Ger­man na­tion­al iden­tity and sup­port­ing this through a num­ber of off­shore wind pro­jects, con­struc­tion of a fourth elec­tri­city high­way and an ex­tens­ive EV char­ging pro­gramme. The UK’s story is not so pos­it­ive.  We see the UK fall from fourth in 2017 to ninth in 2019.  The Brexit-ef­fect.  There is a steady pipeline in some in­fra­struc­ture sec­tors, for ex­ample rolling stock re­new­als in Eng­land and trans­port in Scot­land.  There is also a shift from primary to sec­ond­ary in­vest­ments. However, un­sur­pris­ingly the polit­ic­al un­cer­tainty has led to delays on flag­ship pro­jects (e.g. HS2 and Heath­row air­port) and a de­crease in lend­ing to UK pro­jects. An­oth­er coun­try to note is China, which has ris­en by 10 points since the 2017 in­dex and is now in 18th po­s­i­tion.  5G is in­stru­ment­al in China’s in­creased rank­ing, due in part to ma­jor cor­por­a­tions such as Hua­wei and ZTE ; over 10 mil­lion ad­vance or­ders for 5G data plans were sub­mit­ted to China’s three mo­bile op­er­at­ors, and they will de­ploy a total of 130,000 stan­dalone 5G base sta­tions across the coun­try by the end of 2019. As the world fo­cuses on cli­mate change and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, we see this trans­fer­ring to the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor too.  In­fra­struc­ture as­sets have a vi­tal role in cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion and eco­nom­ic, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) cri­ter­ia are an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar way for in­vestors to eval­u­ate com­pan­ies in which they might want to in­vest.  However, the sec­tor is fa­cing a num­ber of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing lack of gov­ernance, an ab­sence of ob­ject­ive stand­ards and as a res­ult, no reg­u­la­tions on how to re­port and meas­ure per­form­ance.  Reg­u­lat­ors glob­ally are work­ing to cre­ate their own reg­u­la­tions in this area but with each coun­try cre­at­ing its own stand­ards, in­ter­na­tion­al op­er­at­ors will face a com­plex mat­rix of re­quire­ments for dif­fer­ent pro­jects around the world. In this year’s re­port, we see some very strong rep­res­ent­a­tion from the Amer­icas. Lat­in Amer­ica has some mega in­ter­con­nectiv­ity pro­jects, present­ing some ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments.  Ex­amples in­clude a 3,500km-long sub­mar­ine fibre op­tic net­work from the north to the south of Chile and the re­cently com­pleted 10,000km sub­sea cable con­nect­ing Cali­for­nia to Chile.  On the oth­er side of the con­tin­ent, Brazil is work­ing on the in­nov­at­ive 9,300km El­laLink sub­sea cable sys­tem bridging between the Amer­ic­an (Brazil) and European con­tin­ents (Por­tugal and Spain).Over­all, the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor presents a pos­it­ive pic­ture in an un­cer­tain world.  Gov­ern­ments glob­ally are in­vest­ing heav­ily in in­fra­struc­ture as­sets to stim­u­late their eco­nom­ies.  On the flip side, there is sup­ply of cap­it­al as in­vestors look for long-term in­vest­ments.  
27 August 2020
UK Su­preme Court up­holds UK Court's jur­is­dic­tion to settle FRAND li­cence...
The much an­ti­cip­ated de­cision from the UK Su­preme Court in the joined ap­peals Un­wired Plan­et v Hua­wei and Con­vers­ant v ZTE was handed down yes­ter­day. A case pre­view, which in­cludes a full back­ground of...
Feb 2019
Smart Mo­bil­ity
Smart mo­bil­ity is re­shap­ing the trans­port sec­tor, shak­ing up and chal­len­ging tra­di­tion­al trans­port­a­tion mod­els.Coun­tries with clear gov­ern­ment sup­port and ef­fi­cient reg­u­lat­ory up­grades are lead­ing the...
05 June 2020
Ro­mania plans to launch 5G tenders in au­tumn 2020
The Ro­mani­an Na­tion­al Au­thor­ity for Man­age­ment and Reg­u­la­tion in Com­mu­nic­a­tions of Ro­mania (AN­COM) re­cently an­nounced the au­thor­ity’s plans with re­spect to grant­ing the ad­di­tion­al li­cense for 5G spec­trum...
16 April 2020
Net­work re­si­li­ence and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions as es­sen­tial ser­vice dur­ing Coronavir­us...
The way we be­have, act and in­ter­act with the world has been rad­ic­ally changed due to the im­pact of Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19). So­cial dis­tan­cing and strict in­struc­tions to “stay at home” have thrust the...
27 March 2020
Hun­gary holds 5G auc­tion with Mag­yar Telekom, Tel­en­or and Voda­fone win­ning...
In a 5G auc­tion held in Hun­gary on 26 March 2020, Mag­yar Telekom, Voda­fone Hun­gary and Tel­en­or Hun­gary came out on top ac­quir­ing 15-year li­cences for spec­trum in the 700MHz, 2100Mz and 3600Mhz bands...
26 September 2019
Italy to­wards an ef­fect­ive Na­tion­al Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Strategy: new ob­lig­a­tions...
Fol­low­ing the trans­pos­i­tion of the NIS Dir­ect­ive (Le­gis­lat­ive De­cree no. 65 of May 18th, 2018), the Itali­an Gov­ern­ment has re­cently taken a fur­ther step to­wards the im­ple­ment­a­tion of a com­pre­hens­ive na­tion­al...