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

The following TMT practice 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
  • Brexit
  • Elements of the Framework
  • Each Member State has transposed the Framework
  • Scope of the Framework
  • The NRA: a critical role
  • Managing scarce assets
  • Dealing with SMP
  • Authorisation (licensing)
  • Access and interconnection regime
  • More...

EU regulatory framework for electronic communications

This Practice Note provides an overview of the EU regulatory framework for the regulation of electronic communications (the Framework) and its core elements. It summarises the scope and content of the main directives that made up the Framework and the policy areas addressed.

The objective of the Framework was 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. The Framework was replaced by Directive (EU) 2018/1972, the European Electronic Communications Code, which is a recast and consolidation of the Framework directives (save for Directive 2002/58/EC (the ePrivacy Directive)). 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 21 December 2020 within which to transpose the Code into national law.

This Practice Note primarily discusses the Framework, with discussion upon its reform via the European Electronic Communications Code at the end of the Practice Note. Further information on the European Electronic Communications can be found in Practice Note: The European Electronic Communications Code.

The Framework identifies specific policy objectives and

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