Evolving and converged technologies with expanding data communications and media service offerings are fiercely driving market competition. They are also demanding operators and businesses to focus on their core strengths and to lead in intelligent industry trends to become or remain strongly revenue-producing and viable. Specifically with respect to the international telecommunications market, technological evolution is increasingly fast paced. One single piece of equipment can now deliver a range of different services, whereas previously each service tended to require separate equipment and investment. In contrast with this dynamism, regulation often fails to keep up with market development. Licenses tend to limit the number of services that can be provided by license holders, so entry in new services markets in many countries is slowed or prevented. Convergence in technology platforms and different services favors business models that seek to maximize technology investment returns. Quite naturally, clients are reluctant to enter certain international markets and commit investments if the regulatory and licensing framework dictate that they can only use a limited portion of the functionality available.
WMR tracks clients’ industry and market challenges and provides innovative guidance and proposed solutions for all of our clients’ technology, telecommunications and media services needs. WMR attorneys constantly monitor technological changes, our clients’ diverse country and services markets with their accompanying business challenges, as well as the evolving legal and regulatory policies. WMR attorneys embrace these challenges and propose adjustments in order to provide clients with forward looking and creative approaches, based on the most practical and broadest range of legal and policy considerations and guidance in expanding clients’ services offerings and successfully entering new markets.
WMR attorneys have been involved in promoting the advancement of progressive regulatory frameworks and creative commercial arrangements in various countries based on international best practices and with great sensitivity in adjusting such practices to appropriately reflect both country and client specific needs and characteristics. Cooperative and assertive steps on behalf of clients is imperative for them to maintain their competitive market position, as certain regulatory structures must be modified to reflect evolving technology and the market realities of new lines of business.
WMR provides a complete range of support services for diverse Technology, Telecommunications and Media services industries covering each aspect of our clients’ businesses from corporate industry structuring matters, regulatory and licensing approvals and compliance, commercial transactions, international procurements, financing structures, collaboration and teaming agreements, strategic alliances, industry specialized services and regulatory agreements, marketing and licensing agreements, outsourcing agreements, policy advocacy, administrative rule-makings and litigation.
We have served clients ranging from well-established international telecommunications and technology corporations to emerging entrepreneurs, international public and private entities, foundations and industry associations. Our clients include foreign government entities, domestic and international telecommunications operators, subsea and terrestrial fiber cable operators, wired and wireless broadband and Internet Protocol voice, media and Internet service providers, international cable media, data and broadband companies in numerous countries, as well as specialized technology equipment manufacturers and services vendors. We also assist industry entities with their international and domestic government and private procurement proposal preparations, negotiations and final contract supply agreements. WMR attorneys have experience working with venture capital firms, investment banks and other investors in the telecommunications and technology industries. WMR is committed to uniquely supporting and addressing each client’s needs.