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Telecommunications networks are evolving rapidly. The advent of the NBN is expected to lead to an increased focus on retail services and innovation in this sector. Innovation is likely to open up the market to new players, either as stand alone operators or in conjunction with established participants. But it isn’t just retail service providers who are focussing on the customer, regulators are also keeping abreast of these changes and recent legislative amendments have strengthened their powers.

Corrs is recognised as a market leader with multidisciplinary teams who have the necessary expertise in every area of a converged industry. Our clients include Australian and international carriers, equipment and service providers, customers, regulators and financial institutions.

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Andrew Messenger

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Helen Clarke

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James North

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Justin Gay

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Philip Catania

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Our Experience

Australasian Legal Business Awards 2012 Australian Deal of the Year - NBN Definitive Agreements

Corrs advised the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on the definitive agreements between Telstra and NBN Co.

Assisting with the negotiation and documentation of the USO agreement, the reform of the USO regulatory regime and the establishment of a new agency to administer the USO and other public interest services (the Telecommunications Universal Services Management Agency).

The deal was one of the largest in 2011 in terms of size and certainly the most complex from a legal and regulatory perspective.

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Australian Federal Government, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

In April 2008 Corrs was appointed the principal legal services provider to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy with respect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) Request for Proposals Process (RFP process).

The NBN Project is the most significant communications project ever undertaken in Australia and the largest infrastructure project in Australian history.  It will transform Australia’s broadband landscape.

Corrs was involved in the formulation of recommendations to the Government that culminated in the new plan announced by the Prime Minister for a $43 billion Fibre to the Premises NBN Project to be undertaken by a majority Government owned corporation, NBN Co.

Corrs advised and documented a variety of structures for the proposed project and dealt with a wide range of technology procurement related issues. We assisted with questions from proponents during the tender process and after the close of tenders, assisted in evaluation of proposals – particularly complex legal issues and reviewing commercial and contractual terms.

Corrs is the primary adviser to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on the agreements between Telstra and the Commonwealth regarding the future provision of universal service in a post NBN world and on the design of the new regulatory regime.

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Merger of Vodafone and Hutchison “3”

The Australian mobile market’s third and fourth placed players, Vodafone Australia and Hutchison, entered into a joint venture in mid-2009 to form Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). Under this arrangement, each party has equal ownership in the joint venture entity.

Corrs acted for Vodafone Australia's parent company the UK listed Vodafone Group plc on the $8 billion merger, advising across a range of legal areas including corporate advisory - involving transactional documents, ASX requirements, shareholder resolutions, FIRB submissions and the complex integration of the two businesses - finance, tax, employment and telecommunications.

VHA now markets its products and services under the Vodafone brand. The combined entity has a customer base of approximately 6 million users, combined total revenues of approximately $4 billion and a mobile market share of 27%.

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NBN Co Limited: Business and Operational Software Support Systems

The National Broadband Network Project (NBN) is the most significant communications project ever undertaken in Australia and the largest infrastructure project in Australian history. It will transform Australia’s broadband landscape.

NBN Co Limited is the government corporation responsible for rolling out the NBN in Australia. Corrs has been one of the primary legal services providers to NBN Co since its inception.

One of the most critical components to the NBN’s successful roll out Australia wide was an extensive evaluation and negotiation process that saw IBM, Accenture and Alcatel Lucent appointed to supply business and operational software support systems.

Corrs advised NBN Co and was involved in the procurement, negotiation and structuring aspects of this major systems integration project.

The contractual structure of the arrangement was highly complex, and Corrs was able to bring its extensive knowledge of telecommunications networks and the associated technology to negotiate a risk sharing model with which all parties were comfortable.

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Vodafone Hutchison Australia: Managed Services, Core, RAN and Transmission

Following the merger of Vodafone Australia and Hutchison, Corrs has advised VHA on the projects it has implemented to consolidate the Hutchison and Vodafone networks and to expand VHA’s networks.

This has included advising on the appointment of Nokia Siemens Networks to manage VHA’s networks and to consolidate and upgrade VHA’s core network, the appointment of Ericsson to construct a new transmission network, and the appointment of Huawei to build a new radio access network.

These contracts will enable VHA to migrate traffic and customers onto a consolidated network, allowing it to offer a consolidated product to all of its customers and to expand the capacity and the footprint of the network.

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Vodafone’s joint ventures

Corrs Chambers Westgarth advised Vodafone on network infrastructure contracts including the procurement and rollout of its 2G and 3G mobile network; Vodafone’s mobile network-sharing alliance with Optus; and outsourcing network operations and maintenance to Nokia.

At the time, the Optus joint venture was the single largest telecoms deal in Australia.  The original 2004 network-sharing agreement, on which Corrs advised, has allowed Optus and Vodafone to share 3G network sites and radio infrastructure across Australia.  

Our competition law team worked closely with Vodafone to obtain the appropriate competition and regulatory approvals for the re-negotiated terms of the new joint venture. The work showcases our expertise handling high-profile mandates which attract public and media attention.

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Our Thinking

Use it or lose it – Government to repeal Competition Notice regime

The ACCC will be more reliant on the courts to enforce competition law in the telecommunications sector.

More

Implementation issues with Australia’s new data retention laws

A recent survey found only 16% of telcos and ISPs considered themselves ready to retain and encrypt data in accordance with the new data retention laws.

More

Email negotiations - Beware, you might already be bound!

Courts are ruling that email negotiations create binding contracts and businesses are finding themselves caught.

More

Privacy laws are affecting Australia’s cloud industry

Cloud computing providers are struggling to determine their obligations under Australia’s Privacy Act.

More

Telecommunications, regulation and opportunity in Myanmar

Australia has much to offer as Asia travels its journey of industrialisation, urbanisation and growth.

More

Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

More

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

More

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

More Download

NBN: Lessons at home and abroad

What lessons can be learnt from the one of the most dramatic changes in telecommunications that has occurred in this country for many years?

More

Challenges and choices: Universal service in Australia and China

Australia and China face similar challenges in the provision of universal telecommunications services to remote areas, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing and co-operation between the two countries.

More

Convergence Review - Meeting the regulatory challenge

As the traditional distinctions between TV, radio and telecommunications blur and dissolve in a converging world, the regulatory framework governing these sectors is no longer working. Revolutionary change is required.

More

Our Experience

Australasian Legal Business Awards 2012 Australian Deal of the Year - NBN Definitive Agreements

Corrs advised the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on the definitive agreements between Telstra and NBN Co.

Assisting with the negotiation and documentation of the USO agreement, the reform of the USO regulatory regime and the establishment of a new agency to administer the USO and other public interest services (the Telecommunications Universal Services Management Agency).

The deal was one of the largest in 2011 in terms of size and certainly the most complex from a legal and regulatory perspective.

Australian Federal Government, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

In April 2008 Corrs was appointed the principal legal services provider to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy with respect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) Request for Proposals Process (RFP process).

The NBN Project is the most significant communications project ever undertaken in Australia and the largest infrastructure project in Australian history.  It will transform Australia’s broadband landscape.

Corrs was involved in the formulation of recommendations to the Government that culminated in the new plan announced by the Prime Minister for a $43 billion Fibre to the Premises NBN Project to be undertaken by a majority Government owned corporation, NBN Co.

Corrs advised and documented a variety of structures for the proposed project and dealt with a wide range of technology procurement related issues. We assisted with questions from proponents during the tender process and after the close of tenders, assisted in evaluation of proposals – particularly complex legal issues and reviewing commercial and contractual terms.

Corrs is the primary adviser to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on the agreements between Telstra and the Commonwealth regarding the future provision of universal service in a post NBN world and on the design of the new regulatory regime.

Merger of Vodafone and Hutchison “3”

The Australian mobile market’s third and fourth placed players, Vodafone Australia and Hutchison, entered into a joint venture in mid-2009 to form Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). Under this arrangement, each party has equal ownership in the joint venture entity.

Corrs acted for Vodafone Australia's parent company the UK listed Vodafone Group plc on the $8 billion merger, advising across a range of legal areas including corporate advisory - involving transactional documents, ASX requirements, shareholder resolutions, FIRB submissions and the complex integration of the two businesses - finance, tax, employment and telecommunications.

VHA now markets its products and services under the Vodafone brand. The combined entity has a customer base of approximately 6 million users, combined total revenues of approximately $4 billion and a mobile market share of 27%.

NBN Co Limited: Business and Operational Software Support Systems

The National Broadband Network Project (NBN) is the most significant communications project ever undertaken in Australia and the largest infrastructure project in Australian history. It will transform Australia’s broadband landscape.

NBN Co Limited is the government corporation responsible for rolling out the NBN in Australia. Corrs has been one of the primary legal services providers to NBN Co since its inception.

One of the most critical components to the NBN’s successful roll out Australia wide was an extensive evaluation and negotiation process that saw IBM, Accenture and Alcatel Lucent appointed to supply business and operational software support systems.

Corrs advised NBN Co and was involved in the procurement, negotiation and structuring aspects of this major systems integration project.

The contractual structure of the arrangement was highly complex, and Corrs was able to bring its extensive knowledge of telecommunications networks and the associated technology to negotiate a risk sharing model with which all parties were comfortable.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia: Managed Services, Core, RAN and Transmission

Following the merger of Vodafone Australia and Hutchison, Corrs has advised VHA on the projects it has implemented to consolidate the Hutchison and Vodafone networks and to expand VHA’s networks.

This has included advising on the appointment of Nokia Siemens Networks to manage VHA’s networks and to consolidate and upgrade VHA’s core network, the appointment of Ericsson to construct a new transmission network, and the appointment of Huawei to build a new radio access network.

These contracts will enable VHA to migrate traffic and customers onto a consolidated network, allowing it to offer a consolidated product to all of its customers and to expand the capacity and the footprint of the network.

Vodafone’s joint ventures

Corrs Chambers Westgarth advised Vodafone on network infrastructure contracts including the procurement and rollout of its 2G and 3G mobile network; Vodafone’s mobile network-sharing alliance with Optus; and outsourcing network operations and maintenance to Nokia.

At the time, the Optus joint venture was the single largest telecoms deal in Australia.  The original 2004 network-sharing agreement, on which Corrs advised, has allowed Optus and Vodafone to share 3G network sites and radio infrastructure across Australia.  

Our competition law team worked closely with Vodafone to obtain the appropriate competition and regulatory approvals for the re-negotiated terms of the new joint venture. The work showcases our expertise handling high-profile mandates which attract public and media attention.

Our Thinking

Use it or lose it – Government to repeal Competition Notice regime

The ACCC will be more reliant on the courts to enforce competition law in the telecommunications sector.

Implementation issues with Australia’s new data retention laws

A recent survey found only 16% of telcos and ISPs considered themselves ready to retain and encrypt data in accordance with the new data retention laws.

Email negotiations - Beware, you might already be bound!

Courts are ruling that email negotiations create binding contracts and businesses are finding themselves caught.

Privacy laws are affecting Australia’s cloud industry

Cloud computing providers are struggling to determine their obligations under Australia’s Privacy Act.

Telecommunications, regulation and opportunity in Myanmar

Australia has much to offer as Asia travels its journey of industrialisation, urbanisation and growth.

Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

NBN: Lessons at home and abroad

What lessons can be learnt from the one of the most dramatic changes in telecommunications that has occurred in this country for many years?

Challenges and choices: Universal service in Australia and China

Australia and China face similar challenges in the provision of universal telecommunications services to remote areas, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing and co-operation between the two countries.

Convergence Review - Meeting the regulatory challenge

As the traditional distinctions between TV, radio and telecommunications blur and dissolve in a converging world, the regulatory framework governing these sectors is no longer working. Revolutionary change is required.

Our Experts

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Andrew Messenger

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6721
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Arvind Dixit

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3032
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Eddie Scuderi

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9319
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Helen Clarke

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9818
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James North

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6734
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Justin Gay

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3457
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Matthew Muir

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9816
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Philip Catania

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3333