The electronic communications services (ECS) sector plays a key role in shaping Ireland’s economy and society. Today, there is virtually no part of our lives which remains untouched by innovations in digital connectivity.
As the regulator for the communications sector, ComReg strives to ensure the electronic communications markets operate in the interest of all end-users – especially vulnerable users – and to incentivise efficient investment where competition may be insufficient. The new European Electronic Communications Code will provide an updated regulatory framework by which to strengthen our tools of competition and compliance in light of these new technological and market developments.
This ECS Strategy Statement sets out our high-level Five-Year Strategy for the electronic communication sector and our programme of work over the next two years. The Strategy reaffirms our vision, mission, and values, with an increased emphasis on the importance of resilience in the sector and the need for continued high-quality investment.
This Strategy sets out five strategic intents for the organisation. Underlying these intents are 29 Goals, which can be viewed in the published documents:
|ComReg's Strategic Intents|
|1: Competition & Investment||A competitive sector that delivers efficient investment, innovation, and choice|
|2: Consumer Protection||Consumers can choose and use electronic communications services with confidence|
|3: Connectivity & Network Resilience||End-Users have widespread access to high-quality and secure communications networks, services, and applications|
|4: Compliance & Enforcement||Regulated entities comply with regulatory requirements|
|5: Organisation||We are an effective, agile, and relevant regulator|
There are a number of global and macroeconomic trends that are likely to shape the wider economy, industry, and consumer behaviour over the period of the ECS Strategy. These include:
In addition, from an examination of the future evolution of the sector it is apparent that there are a number of relevant sectoral trends that will shape the sector over the coming decade. These include: