Introduction

Telecommunications is a driving force for the economy. It is widely acknowledged that communication and technological media are pervasive features of everyday modern life. Over the last decades, and particularly since the mid-1990s, the rise of the Internet and mobile telecommunications has undoubtedly operated as an essential driver of global commerce and societal change. These modern forms of communication present themselves as crucial components for the advancement of knowledge-based economies: they have made it easier to engage in cross-border transactions, whilst electronic marketplaces serve to efficiently bring together sellers and buyers throughout the world. Moreover, facilitating access to information is progressively enabling an enhanced 'democratization of ideas' and a 'dehierarchization of cultures', which contribute to giving the human being an increased sense of power. How telecommunications markets are regulated, therefore, is key to ensuring the protection of fundamental societal and individual values. There are important challenges when it comes to regulating the sector. It is dynamic and subject to constant innovation and change. In addition, many telecommunications markets were once legal monopolies that have been progressively liberalized, particularly since the 1990s. This means that competition is oftentimes weakened and exposed to peculiar problems.

This symposium brings together leading international experts from academia and practice, as well as local scholars, practitioners, industry representatives and enforcers, to discuss the principal problems affecting the sector, and to put forward regulatory suggestions and proposals for reform where necessary.

The Law Society of Hong Kong has awarded CPD points to each session of this Symposium as follows:

Date

Sessions

CPD Point(s)

23 March 2017

Morning Session

2.5

Afternoon Session

4.5

24 March 2017

Morning Session

3.5

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