Telecoms (international work)
We aim to contribute constructively to European 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 the European institutions and with national regulators in other European countries and around the world in order to pursue a coherent and coordinated approach to international telecommunications regulation.
We actively liaise with:
- the UK Government, namely the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKREP)
- Ofcom represents the UK Government on telecommunications issues in the International Telecommunication Union sectors for Standardisation (ITU-T) and Development (ITU-D)
- The European Commission, in particular the following directorates:
- A key EU telecoms dossier is the Review of the EU Regulatory Framework.
- Other 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.
- the OECD - where Ofcom 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.