The purpose of these Regulations is to give effect to Directive 2002/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on access to and interconnection of electronic communications networks and associated facilities (Access Directive), and the amendments to that Directive as introduced by Directive 2009/140/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009.
As well as transposing the amendments made by Directive 2009/140/EC, these Regulations consolidate the provisions of the existing Statutory Instruments transposing the Access Directive, namely, the “European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Access) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 305 of 2003)” and the “European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Access) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 373 of 2007)”, which have been revoked by these Regulations.
These Regulations establish a regulatory framework for the relationships among suppliers of networks and services that will result in sustainable competition, interoperability of electronic communications services and consumer benefits.