Electronic communications: Authorisation Directive
Produced in partnership with David Stewart of Towerhouse LLP
Electronic communications: Authorisation Directive

The following TMT guidance note Produced in partnership with David Stewart of Towerhouse LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Electronic communications: Authorisation Directive
  • Brexit
  • The Authorisation Directive
  • General conditions
  • Spectrum licence conditions
  • Numbering conditions

This Practice Note deals with Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC (Authorisation Directive). It is part of a series of Practice Notes on core elements of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications.

In the EU, the provision of electronic communications networks and services in each Member State is governed by a common regulatory framework (Framework).

The objective of the Framework is to establish a harmonised framework for the regulation of electronic communications networks and services throughout the EU.

In December 2018, Directive (EU) 2018/1972 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast) (the European Electronic Communications Code) was published in the Official Journal of the EU and came into force three days after publication. The European Electronic Communications Code consolidates four of the directives (including the Authorisation Directive) which make up the Framework, with the objective of driving investment in new high capacity networks, primarily 5G and new fibre networks. Member States have until 21 December 2020 to implement it into national law. Therefore, for practical purposes, the provisions of the Framework will continue to apply until the Code is implemented.

The Framework identifies specific policy objectives and the measures that Member States must adopt to achieve those objectives. These objectives include ensuring