Telecommunications, Cyber Law, and E-Commerce
The world is going through a transformation with the advancement of telecommunication and high-speed internet. Kuwait is in a state of transition and has recently enacted laws regarding telecommunications and cyber security to safeguard its citizens and national interests.
The rise in the use of internet and telecommunication services have opened new horizons for investors and organizations to invest in the region. Many companies are looking forward to establishing mobile and internet services in the region. The high penetration of internet in some GCC countries has led to opportunities for the development of e-commerce.
Al Naqeeb and Partners provide full range consultation on matters of telecommunication, cyber law, and e-commerce to investors and companies currently operating in the region or looking to open their base in future.
Kuwait Telecommunication Legal Assistance
The Ministry of Communications (MOC) is responsible for governing and regulating the telecommunication industry. It overlooks the establishment of new companies and their operation. In 2014, the government of Kuwait enacted Telecommunications and Information Technology Regulatory Commission (Telecoms Law No. 37 of 2014).
The law gives the commission authority to oversee, regulate and supervise the information and telecommunication sector. The agency took the charge of MOC and introduced the Executive Regulations related to telecommunications.
Our firm has enabled many high profile clients to set up their operations as Internet Service Providers and International Record Carriers in Kuwait and neighboring countries. We have also helped investors establish agency agreements and franchise for satellite services and mobile communication systems.
Cyber Law in Kuwait
Kuwait has been late to adopt cyber security laws and enacted the regulations in 2016. It has also developed the National Cyber Security Strategy to protect individuals, companies and national interests from online damage and harm.
The new law provides room for punishments for unauthorized access to data and computer systems. Offenders can be jailed for a number of months and also have to pay hefty fines for their crimes.
Al Naqeeb and Partners advises clients on matters of cyber security and keeps them safe complying to all regulations. We also deal with Internet-specific issues such as a settlement of domain names disputes and help our clients to stay protected and receive claims, if applicable.
The Rise of E-commerce in Kuwait
There are more than 3 million internet users in Kuwait. But e-commerce is still in its nascent stage with only 15% of companies having an online presence. 90% of the online purchases made in Kuwait are shipped from overseas. The low presence of companies in the domain of ecommerce generates potential opportunities for new organizations to join the market.
We help clients establish their ecommerce business following all laws and regulations of Kuwait. E-commerce also involves financial and banking institutes who carry out online transactions. They have to follow various regulations along with the E-transactions law (Law No. 20 of 2014) governing online transactions.
Our firm provides holistic consultation for all activities related to ecommerce and legal assistance for compliance with all the laws of the land.
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