The European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) puts in place one of the essential building blocks for a Digital Single Market in Europe. The EU Directive marks a significant revision of the regulatory framework, dating from 2009, and is designed to reflect the reality of today’s electronic communications market. The EECC aims to promote connectivity and encourages more investment in very high capacity networks. The EECC intends to level the playing field and - as a consequence - extends rules to providers that were not regulated on the basis of the current framework, such as over-the-top (OTT) players which offer a variety of services, such as interpersonal communication, content and cloud services. However, the interplay between the promotion of competition and the application of regulation may lead to regulatory dilemmas and uncertainty for market players.

Member States have until 21 December 2020 to transpose the EECC into national legislation. More soft law on specific topics is being prepared by the European Commission and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). There are still crucial choices to be made during this phase. These choices have potentially far-reaching consequences for all kinds of companies, such as mobile and fixed network operators, OTT players, satellite operators, virtual operators, online platforms, equipment providers, data centres, providers of dark fibre, mast and land owners, broadcasters, application providers, etc.

Our lawyers and Regulatory & Public Affairs counsel have deep and practical experience of the regulatory framework and implementation processes across a range of EU Member States. Our broad network of relationships with policymakers, regulators and businesses can help your company to navigate the new regulatory environment successfully.

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