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Earlier this year, we took a look at the implementation status of the European Electronic Communications Code (“EECC”) across the EU – see our previous Connect on Tech article. As noted in that article, the majority of EU countries missed the 21 December 2020 deadline for national implementation, with only a handful implementing relevant legislation (although some only partially). In response to those failures, the European Commission subsequently opened infringement procedures against the offending member…

The Electronic Communications Code (the “Code”) is the legal framework in the UK underpinning rights for network operators to install and keep electronic communications apparatus on public and private land. The framework is designed to facilitate the installation and maintenance of electronic communications networks. Current powers under the Code When the telecom regulatory authority in the UK (“Ofcom”), gives a direction that the Code applies to a certain person, such as a network operator, the…

The 21 December 2020 deadline for national implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) has now passed. We checked in with our telecom regulatory teams on implementation status across the EU, and have drawn out some key takeaways: Deadline missed: Perhaps unsurprisingly given other priorities last year, the deadline for full implementation has been missed in most countries. Only Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and the UK have so far implemented the EECC…