The Commission has adopted a list of standards and specifications for harmonised electronic communications networks to ensure that consumer choice is not restricted because of incompatibilities

In order to promote the efficiency of communications networks and sustainable competition, and to ensure the maximum benefits for end-users, national regulatory authorities are required to encourage and, where appropriate, ensure adequate access and interconnection and interoperability of services.

Under the regulatory framework, Member States are also required to encourage the use of standards as a means of ensuring interoperability of services and freedom of choice for users.

The Commission has adopted a list of standards and specifications to serve as a basis for encouraging the harmonised provision of electronic communications networks, electronic communications services and associated facilities and services. The Framework Directive gives the Commission the power to make these standards and services compulsory – following a public consultation process and with the agreement of Member States – should they fail to be adequately implemented to a level where interoperability between Member States is ensured.

Published: 
5 December 2012
Last update: 
9 May 2017
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