Additionally, information on the Irish Electronic Communications market is provided to external organisations for the purposes of benchmarking Ireland against other countries. The main organisations to which ComReg provides data are outlined below:

 

Central Statistics Office (CSO) – CSO is Ireland’s national statistical office. CSO collects, compiles, extracts and disseminates information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State for statistical purposes. The CSO is also responsible for coordinating the official statistics of other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records.

 

Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) – BEREC contributes to the development and better functioning of the internal market for electronic communications networks and services. It does so, by aiming to ensure a consistent application of the EU regulatory framework and by aiming to promote an effective internal market in telecoms sector, in order to bring even greater benefits to consumers and businesses alike.

Furthermore, BEREC assists the Commission and the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in implementing the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications. It provides advice on request and on its own initiative to the European institutions and complements at European level the regulatory tasks performed at national level by the NRAs.

 

The European Commission (the EC) – the EC’s Digital Scoreboard measures progress of the European digital economy through various reports and studies including European Digital Progress Reports (EDPR).

 

International Telecommunications Unit (ITU) – ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.

 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – The OECD supports policy makers in identifying challenges and addressing them through appropriate policies. It is also a source of advice on almost all areas of policy making and implementation, and one of the world’s largest sources of comparable statistical data on economics, trade, employment, education, health, social issues, migration, the environment and many other fields.