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On September 14, 2016, the European Commission published detailed proposals to reform the EU's telecoms rules in an effort to meet the growing connectivity needs of customers. One of the major elements of the package is a new Electronic Communications Code (ECC).


  • Attempts to level the regulatory playing field for OTTs and traditional players create further uncertainty. New definitions of communication service providers have been included, but with the corresponding regulation only capturing number-based providers, some OTTs will continue to face considerably less regulation than traditional players.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the key updates to the ECC.
  • Assesses the most disputed aspects of the new ECC.

Key questions answered

  • What have been some of the responses to the consultation on the ECC?
  • Which aspects of the ECC still need to be refined?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view of the most disputed aspects of the Code

The proposed Electronic Communications Code (ECC)

  • In context
  • Key updates to the Code

Criticisms of the draft ECC proposal

  • Notable criticisms of the new ECC
  • BEREC warns the EC about the risks of deregulation
  • ETNO criticizes member states for trying to avoid market deregulation
  • The GSMA is worried about "use it or lose it" conditions on spectrum licenses
  • The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) recommends more flexibility in spectrum coordination


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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