The new European electronic communications code

10-11-2017

On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed a new European electronic communications code which would overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications. The code has been designed to take into account changes in markets, consumer trends and technology, all of which have significantly changed since 2009 when the framework was last amended. Its provisions include measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks in the European Union, new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules. The ITRE committee voted its report on 2 October 2017. Important proposals, such as that investment plans meet stricter criteria before regulation is significantly reduced, that 25-year spectrum licences are regularly reviewed and that operators justify additional fees borne by users calling from mobiles or landlines to another Member State were met with mixed reactions by stakeholders. The Council has mandated the Estonian Presidency to commence trilogue negotiations on the code.

On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed a new European electronic communications code which would overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications. The code has been designed to take into account changes in markets, consumer trends and technology, all of which have significantly changed since 2009 when the framework was last amended. Its provisions include measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks in the European Union, new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules. The ITRE committee voted its report on 2 October 2017. Important proposals, such as that investment plans meet stricter criteria before regulation is significantly reduced, that 25-year spectrum licences are regularly reviewed and that operators justify additional fees borne by users calling from mobiles or landlines to another Member State were met with mixed reactions by stakeholders. The Council has mandated the Estonian Presidency to commence trilogue negotiations on the code.