President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi signed the Law on Electronic Communications that defines the rules of work in e-communications.
The document provides for the protection of subscribers’ rights, as well as simplifies licensing procedures for companies. Subscribers will have out-of-court settlement opportunities (between subscribers and operators), and businesses will face fewer bureaucratic obstacles to the introduction of new technologies.
“The Ukrainian telecom market will become more attractive for European investors. Until recently, Ukraine took almost no steps to implement EU telecommunications laws into existing legislation. This law changes the situation: Ukraine is implementing the new EU regulation almost simultaneously with the EU members,” Ihor Samokhodskyi, IT&Telecom Sector Head at BRDO, said.
According to him, there is still much work to be done for the revision of some bylaws to make this law fully effective.
The law will enter into force on January 1, 2022. It is 200 pages and consists of 128 articles.
Note that the first EU Code-based version of the draft law was developed by BRDO experts. A working group within the Parliament Committee on Digital Transformation, including representatives of operators, providers, associations, and experts from the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), prepared the draft law for the first reading.