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European Electronic Communications Code

The European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) came into force in December 2018. This directive is designed to promote the investment in new high-capacity networks such as fibre and 5G networks.

What Does Electronic Communication Service Mean?

When we talk about the term electronic communication services we typically mean any service that is provided by an electronic communication network. This might include internet access services, transmission services, MMS, machine-to-machine communication, SMS, broadcasting, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) or over-the-top services. There are a number of different types of service that are not included in the European Electronic Communications Code. These include exercising editorial control over online content and broadcasting, e-commere and information society services.

The Aim Of The European Electronic Communications Code

The European Electronic Communications Code has a number of objectives, including:

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

Before they can request access to the network, national regulatory authorities must ensure that any access pays regard to the risks that may be incurred by companies investing in new generation networks. The new EECC regulations translate into hard law existing recommendations by the EC against cost-based prices being charged for access to new generation networks.

The European Electronic Communications Code also has a role to protect end-users across the entire EEA. This is achieved by:

  • Aligning protecting, including the security needs for end users of OTTs with the needs of traditional telecommunications providers
  • The specification that any service bundle that includes internet access services or publicly available NB-ICS should also include provisions for consumer protection in the entire bundle.
  • Enhancing user rights when it comes to switching internet access services or when users decide to port a phone number.
  • Establishment of universal services that ensure availability and affordability of broadband services and voice communications.
  • Improving the protection of citizens in emergency situations
  • Improving the security of networks and services
  • Making sure that the price of intra-EU calls is capped.

Network Access Regulation

Network access regulations continue to be limited to any operator that has a significant market power in specific markets. Any proposal for network access regulation is subject to review by the European Commission prior to being adopted.

At Intersec, we take the European Electronic Communications Code very seriously and ensure our solutions are compliant with the latest legislation. If you would like to find out more about EECC regulations, speak to our experienced and helpful team today. We would be delighted to tell you more about our solutions and how they are compliant and operate in the best interests of our customers. From geolocation services to emergency warning solutions, we are sure we have a solution that will help you to enhance your service provision. Get in touch with us today to find out more and for a free demo of our many innovative communications solutions.

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