|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 321|
Directive (EU) 2018/1972 - adopted by the European Union in December 2018 - setting up a European Electronic Communications Code. It established common EU rules and objectives on regulating the telecom industry and defines how providers of networks and/or services can be regulated by national authorities.
This Code was designed to take into account changes in markets, consumer trends and technology, all of which significantly changes since 2009 when the framework had been last amended. Upon the adoption of the proposal for a revised Directive, the Commission aimed to overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications and to consolidate into a single legal text four existing Directives (Framework, Authorisation, Access and Universal Service).
The code's provisions include measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks in the European Union (EU), 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 original proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 14 September 2016, in the framework of the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and alongside a set of other telecom-related proposals. The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached an informal agreement on a compromise text relating to the draft law on 6 June 2018. The new Directive was adopted on 11 December.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Keywords||European Electronic Communications Code, Mobile Phones | Telephones
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|