Cuba: Telecommunications

Our communications and information technology lawyers serve as transactional and regulatory counsel to top-tier telecommunications and broadband companies throughout the world, as well as new technology and device companies and other industry service providers. Akin Gump lawyers have extensive and practical experience working with wireline and wireless carriers to build, deploy and operate networks for voice, video and broadband nationwide, both in urban and rural environments. We work with domestic and international governments on licensing and regulatory frameworks that form the foundation for successful deployment of wireline and wireless networks. Cuban communications regulators may need to consider improvements to the regulatory frameworks for communications services in a manner that incents investment and communications deployments, including making more licensed and unlicensed spectrum available for voice, video and broadband applications (through licensing procedures, auctions, and/or using registration or license-by-rule schemes); harmonizing spectrum bands for Cuba with other Latin American countries and considering important global spectrum allocations that support the availability of standardized equipment and devices; setting reasonable, but focused, performance and construction benchmarks that ensure timely deployments; setting policies around zoning, rights of way and access to mounting assets and towers that will hasten deployments; developing reasonable interconnection and roaming policies; allowing secondary markets leasing and spectrum transactions; and establishing USF/ICT funds for future government projects to extend service and enhance opportunities for digital learning, connected medical care and public safety.

Working with communications carriers of all kinds, our team is adept at negotiating complex joint-build agreements, spectrum acquisitions, spectrum leases, tower acquisitions, tower leases, backhaul agreements, vendor and supply agreements, master service agreements, data center leases, fiber-optic agreements, interconnection agreements, roaming arrangements, and operations and maintenance agreements. We advise international operators of transoceanic submarine cables. We also advise U.S. telecommunications companies seeking to enter regulated foreign markets and represent such entities before foreign regulatory agencies.

Furthermore, Akin Gump lawyers have deep experience representing companies in large-scale telecommunications transactions in emerging markets. Our understanding of how business is conducted in emerging markets—and how that business interacts with national, regional and international geopolitical issues—is exceptional and positions us to deliver comprehensive, high-quality services to clients that are seeking to expand their telecommunications and broadband networks around the world. In fact, we were recognized in 2011 by Financial Times, who named the firm “Corporate Law – Emerging Markets Law Firm of the Year” at its Innovative Lawyers Awards, based on our work on behalf of emerging market mobile telecoms operator VimpelCom in acquiring Wind Telecom to create the world’s sixth-largest mobile telecommunications carrier by subscribers, operating in 20 countries.

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