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Franck
Thomas

Senior Associate
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Franck  Thomas

Franck is a Senior Associate in the TMT practice at Global Counsel. A telecoms engineer by training, Franck is an experienced Brussels political consultant who has advised clients in the telecoms, cybersecurity and space sectors. He also has first-hand experience of the workings of the European Commission in humanitarian aid and civil protection.

At Global Counsel, Franck advises clients engaging with and responding to the EU’s Digital Single Market agenda and wider trends and changes in ICT, telecoms and technology policy and regulation.

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Europe fit for the Digital Age

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The geopolitical Commission will give practical expression to calls from Paris and Berlin for ‘strategic autonomy’ for technology. This means addressing longstanding anxiety in Paris and Berlin about falling behind the US and China in key technologies such as cloud computing and AI. This has even greater salience as evidence grows of European firms being locked in to…

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Weber’s revenge deals a blow to Macron’s European momentum

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The European Parliament’s rejection of Sylvie Goulard today is the most significant consequence yet of the fragmented European election result in May. It is a reminder of the weak position of President-elect Ursula von der Leyen and a significant blow to French President Macron. He appeared to have built on his success in securing Christine Lagarde’s presidency of the…

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Europe's 5G networks: is Huawei being excluded?

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“No equipment supplier, including Huawei, should, or may, be specifically excluded from 5G roll-out”. These words come from Jochen Homann, the president of the German telecom regulator. This statement was interpreted by many in the media as a concession to Huawei and evidence of Europe’s more measured approach to 5G infrastructure than the US. However, the initiatives…

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