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Electronic communications

The EU regulatory framework on electronic communications is composed of  Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC and Regulation 544/2009 (known as the Framework Directive) and 4 specific Directives:

  • Directive 2002/20/EC on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC (the ‘Authorisation Directive’ - lays down rules to enable networks and services provision EU-wide),
  • Directive 2002/19/EC on access to and interconnection of electronic communications networks and associated facilities as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC (the ‘Access Directive’ - provides the framework for relationships between suppliers of networks and services),
  • Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services as amended by Directive 2009/136/EC (‘Universal Service Directive’ - ensures a minimum set of high-quality services are available to all at an affordable price),
  •  Directive 97/66/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the telecommunications sector.

Due to rapid technological change and the convergence of the telecommunications, media and information technology sectors, this framework is not limited to telecommunication services and networks. It is also applicable to all electronic communications networks and services, as defined in Article 2 of the Framework Directive, i.e. including those used for broadcasting.