Science & Technology in Action

Commission for Communications Regulations

ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radiocommunications and broadcasting transmission) and the postal sector.

Its remit covers all kinds of transmission networks including:

  • Traditional wired telephone network
  • Television and radio frequencies
  • Radiocommunications including fixed wireless
  • Mobile operators providing voice and data services
  • Satellite services.

​ComReg enables competition in the communications sector by facilitating market entry for networks and services and by regulating access to networks so as to ensure that consumers, both business and residential, have choice in the services which they wish to use. In a rapidly evolving sector, both in technological and commercial terms, ComReg provides the framework for the introduction of new services such as next generation mobile to support smartphones and similar applications.

Encouraging innovation is also a key role for ComReg. This covers both regulatory innovations, such as implementation of market reviews under the new European regulatory framework, and technical innovations. On the radio spectrum side the role involves development of strategies for management and use of the radio spectrum, new initiatives in the wireless licensing area, and the promotion of Ireland as a test bed for innovative uses of spectrum.

(See Test & Trial Ireland at www.testandtrial.ie ).

ComReg websites provide information and advice to users.

Consumer advice
www.askcomreg.ie

Guide on pricing
www.callcosts.ie

Premium Rate services
www.phonesmart.ie

Statistics on Irish comms. market
www.comstat.ie

Find out more about the work of ComReg at
www.comreg.ie