techUK's Communications Infrastructure Council has responded to DCMS’s consultation on implementing the European Electronic Communications Code. The consultation set out Government’s proposed approach to implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code Directive (referred to as the EECC) and sought stakeholders’ views.
What is the EECC?
The EU’s regulatory framework for electronic communications underpins the regulation of the UK’s telecoms sector. The core objectives of the regulatory framework are to:
- drive investment in very high capacity networks and services through sustainable competition
- support efficient and effective use of radio spectrum frequencies,
- maintain the security of networks and services, and
- provide a high level of consumer protection.
The full EECC can be found here. The EECC was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 17 December 2018, and Member States have until 21 December 2020 to implement the provisions in domestic law.
The UK played an active part in EECC negotiations, and Government are satisfied that the directive supports their ambitions to improve connectivity. Implementation of the EECC will make a key contribution to the Government’s targets and recommendations in a number of ways, in particular by creating a more stable regulatory framework that incentivises competitive network investment.
Implementation of the spectrum provisions will also support 5G deployment by facilitating the release of additional spectrum and supporting spectrum sharing, and may also support the extension of mobile coverage in rural areas. The end-user rights provisions will strengthen existing consumer protections, including during the switchover process from copper to full fibre networks.
techUK's response can be downloaded below.