Impact of the amended EU regulatory framework on spectrum and mobile issues

On 18 December 2009, the European Union (EU) published amendments to the electronic communications regulatory framework in three parts. These changes (collectively, the ‘2009 amendments’) create dozens of new rules which, when implemented into national law, will change the regulatory system for spectrum management in important ways and affect the business of mobile network operators (MNOs) across Europe.

The amendments to the framework became effective the day after they were published. Member States have until 25 May 2011, however, to adopt the laws and regulations necessary to implement the amendments. While the intersection of mobile and spectrum rules create a new possibly flexible system, they also will lead to many regulatory proceedings and changes to rules in the national implementation process.

This article was first published in the May 2010 issue of the IBA's Communications Law Newsletter.

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