EU regulatory framework for electronic communications
Produced in partnership with David Stewart of Towerhouse LLP
EU regulatory framework for electronic communications

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

  • EU regulatory framework for electronic communications
  • Elements of the Framework
  • Scope of the Framework
  • Authorisation (licensing)
  • Access and interconnection regime
  • Universal service
  • Privacy
  • Reform of the Framework

This Practice Note provides an overview of the EU regulatory framework for the regulation of electronic communications (the Framework) which is presently implemented in UK law and its core elements. It summarises the scope and content of the main directives that comprise the presently implemented Framework and the policy areas they address.

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

A full set of the Framework documents current to December 2009 has been published by the European Commission. However, the Framework has been replaced by the European Electronic Communications Code, which is a recast and consolidation of the directives which make up the Framework. Directive (EU) 2018/1972 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code was adopted by the Council of the EU on 3 December 2018, with publication in the Official Journal of the EU on 17 December 2018 and entry into force three days after publication. Member States have until December 2020 within which to transpose the Code into national law. In the UK, on 16 July 2019 the government opened a consultation upon its proposals for implementation here (see LNB News 16/07/2019 94).

This Practice Note deals with the Framework as is presently implemented in UK law, with discussion upon its reform via Directive (EU) 2018/1972 (the European