International stakeholder engagement

We strive to be open and transparent with UK stakeholders and consumer groups about our international activities and aim to regularly communicate with them, both through ad-hoc meetings, and briefing and coordination sessions covering all areas of work and electronic forums.

You can read about some of our stakeholder engagement initiatives and download meeting materials below. For further information on these meetings and if you want to be added to the circulation list please email

International Stakeholders Forum

Ofcom hosts an International Stakeholders Forum (ISF) every four months. This is the primary means through which we aim to update UK stakeholders on our international activities. We also use these as an opportunity to share information, as well as impressions, on international policy developments.

You can access agendas and slides from the most recent meeting below.

International Stakeholders Forum – 26 November 2020 (PDF, 307.2 KB)

Spectrum briefing sessions

We hold the following dedicated spectrum briefing sessions:

  • The International Spectrum Stakeholder Briefing (ISSB), which provides stakeholders with up-to-date information on developments in the EU, European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) and standards bodies such as European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • The International Frequency Planning Group (IFPG) and its working groups, which is an ad hoc group reporting to the UK Spectrum Strategy Committee (UK SSC). It has the principal role of managing the UK preparations for ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs).

Learn more about our international briefing groups.

Other stakeholder engagement activities

As part of our aim to learn and share best practice with fellow regulators, we take part in ad hoc discussions on key and emerging issues that impact on our work.

Below you'll find summaries of recent discussions with counterpart regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.

Oligopolies roundtable discussion

Oligopolies, markets with a small number of large firms, are found across a broad range of sectors. While these markets can produce good outcomes for consumers, this is not always the case. Ofcom, and others, have been considering how regulators should respond to these markets, if at all.

On 8 February 2017, Ofcom hosted a roundtable to discuss this topic. It was attended by 28 participants from a range of national and European regulators, industry stakeholders, academics and consultants.

Read our note summarising the oligopolies roundtable discussion (PDF, 212.2 KB)