Telecoms (international work)

We aim to contribute constructively to international legislative and regulatory developments which impact on our duties and responsibilities, and which affect UK citizens and consumers, including in areas such as broadband roll-out, universal service, net neutrality and consumer protection.

We do so by engaging with international networks and with counterparts in Europe and around the world in order to pursue a coherent and coordinated approach to international telecommunications regulation.

We actively liaise with:

  1. the UK Government, namely the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Ofcom represents the UK Government on telecommunications issues in the International Telecommunication Union sectors for Standardisation (ITU-T) and Development (ITU-D).
  2. the OECD, where Ofcom (currently vice chair) represents the UK in the Working Party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP), contributing to the development of OECD reports and providing data for OECD statistical surveys, including its broadband portal and biennial Digital Economy Outlook reports. Major reports in recent years have covered Wireless Market Structures and Network Sharing, Development of High-speed Networks and the Role of Municipal Networks, and the Internet of Things.

Before exiting the European Union, Ofcom liaised closely with the European Commission and national regulators in the EU, both bilaterally and through the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), to help ensure a consistent application of the EU regulatory framework.

We will continue to cooperate with BEREC and EU stakeholders as appropriate under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, and collaborate with our European counterparts on the exchange of best practices to address common challenges.