ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radio communications, broadcasting transmission and premium rate services) and the postal sector.
Role and Responsibilities
ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radio communications, broadcasting transmission and premium rate services) and the postal sector in Ireland.
We have a wide range of responsibilities in telecommunications (or electronic communications services and networks as it is more accurately described), posts and spectrum management. We operate under Irish and EU Legislation in these areas.
We are responsible for facilitating competition, for protecting consumers and for encouraging innovation. Our role involves dealing with complex issues of law, economics and technology, and ensuring that our decisions are taken fairly and are clearly explained. ComReg operates as a collegiate body, with decisions taken collectively by the Commissioners. We see this as important in fulfilling the spirit of the Communications Regulation Act, 2002, which established the Commission.
Under the 2002 Communications Act, (as amended) ComReg is obliged to publish Strategy Statements covering three separate areas of its remit. There is a Strategy Statement on the Electronic Communications Sector, a Strategy Statement on Spectrum and a Strategy on Postal Regulation.
The Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg) operates in a challenging, fast moving European and international environment which requires harmonised approaches to regulation that stimulate competitiveness so that innovation, creativity and competition can thrive.
ComReg manages and develops Irish regulatory input into the progress of European and international policy, standards, and legislation governing these sectors. It is this international liaison that provides the basis whereby the sector can develop in an open and competitive environment. Our active cooperation at international level also underpins the continued development of the communications sector in Ireland.
Regulation at international level is driven by a number of organisations. These include the:
European Institutions (Council, Parliament, and Commission)
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG)
Independent Regulators’ Group (IRG)
European Conference of Postal & Telecommunications Administration (CEPT)
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The Commission for Communications Regulation participates in all organisations at working group and plenary level.