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The European Electronics Communication Code (EECC) was first implemented in December 2018 and is designed to encourage investment in new high-capacity networks (especially where 5G and fibre networks are concerned).

What Does Electronic Communications Service Mean?

Electronic communications services relates to a service that is usually provided via an electronic communication network. This might consist of interpersonal communication services, internet access services, or services consisting mostly in the conveyance of signals. The definition refers to traditional telephony. MMS, SMS machine-to-machine communication, transmission services, broadcasting, over-the-top services and voice over internet protocol (VoIP). There are a number of services that are not included and which EECC won’t cover including e-commerce, exercising editorial control over online broadcasting and content and information society services.

The Objectives of EECC

There are a number of objectives that the EECC covers. These include:

  • The encouragement of investment in very high capacity networks, such as 5G and optical fibre.
  • The promotion of competition, including an “efficient infrastructure-based competition”
  • The development of the internal market across the EEA
  • Protecting consumers

Before requesting access to a network, national regulatory authorities are required to ensure that this access takes into account the risks that investing companies may incur in new generation networks. The new regulations translate into hard law current recommendations by the European Commission against cost-oriented prices being imposed for access to new generation networks.

End User Protection and EECC

The role of the EECC is also to protect end-users throughout the whole EEA. This is done by:

  • The alignment of protection, including security requirements for end users of OTTS with those of traditional telecommunications providers
  • The requirement of maximum harmonisation related to the consumer protection provisions. This means that it is prohibited for member states to impose less or more stringent protection than that set out in the EECC
  • The specification that service bundles that include internet access services or publicly available NB-ICS must include consumer protection provisions across the entire bundle
  • Improving the rights of users during the switching of internet access services and when phone number are ported
  • The establishing of universal services that ensure affordability and availability of voice communications and broadband services
  • Enhancing protection of citizens in emergency situations
  • Enhancing the security of services and networks
  • Ensuring the price of intra-EU calls is capped

Network Access Regulation

Network access regulating continues to only be limited to any operator that has significant market power in specific markets. Prior to being adopted, any proposal for network access regulation is subject to being reviewed by the European Commission and BEREC.

If you would like to find out more about EECC regulations, speak to the team at Intersec today. We understand and adhere to the regulations that affect our industry and ensuring that our solutions are compliant and operating in the best interests of our clients and their customers. To find out more about our solutions, speak to us today for more information and a demo. We would be delighted to tell you more about the various services we have to offer.

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