Legislation and secondary law
The legal framework for electronic communications services is influenced by Directives of the European Union. Having signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area Iceland has made a commitment to adopt all of the Directives of EU in the fields of electronic communications services. The Electronic Communications Act and the Act on the ECOI, implement the major provisions of the EU Communications Directive package of 2002. The Act contains a number of provisions either mandating or authorizing the Minister of higher education, science and innovation to issue regulations to complement the Acts. In some cases the ECOI is either mandated or authorized to issue rules about the implementation of certain aspects of the Acts.
A list of Acts, regulations and rules in force follows with the appropriate web links. No responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of English texts after translation as they are unofficial. Legal authenticity remains with the original Icelandic versions.
Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI)
- Act no. 70/2022 - Electronics Communications Act. (In English)
In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Icelandic version the latter shall prevail.
Decisions of the ECOI may be referred to the Rulings Committee for Electronic Communications and Postal Affairs. A party that has a significant interest to protect can submit a complaint about either procedural matters or the substance of the decision. Complaints must reach the committee within 4 weeks of the date when the party was aware of the decision. Rulings of the committee constitute the final stage at administrative level. The procedures of the committee are determined by the Regulation concerning the Rulings Committee for Telecommunications and Posts, no. 378/1999.
The Minister of higher education, science and innovation appoints the three members of the Appellate Committee and three suppliants, all of them following the nomination by the Supreme Court. The chairman and vice chairman must comply with the competence qualifications applying to Supreme Court judges. The members of the committee are appointed for a period of 4 years.
Complaints to the Rulings Committee may be sent to:
Þórður Bogason hrl.
Attorneys at Hofdabakki
Hofdabakki 9, 6th Floor
- Regulation no. 36/2009 on the Rulings Committee for Electronic Communication and Postal Affairs (PDF)
Electronic Communications in general
- Act no. 62/2012 amending the Electronic Communications Act and the Act on the Post and Telecom Administration (CERT-IS, operating fee, etc.).
European Regulatory Framework (applies in Iceland)
Regulation nr. 1303/2017 - Amendment of regulation 348/2004 (Icelandic) (see pdf version for appendix)
Numbers and frequencies
RED 2014/53 EU - rules for the placing on the market and putting into service of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
Regulation on the safety of fishing vessels of 15 meters in length overall and over, as amended, no 122/2004 (PDF on the web of the Icelandic Maritime Administration)
- Media Act no. 38/2011 (PDF, english translation)
- ECC/DEC/(07)01 - The harmonized use, exemption from individual licensing and free circulation of Material sensing devices using UWB technology. Approved 30 March 2007 - Amended 8 March 2019
- ECC/DEC/(06)04 - The harmonized use, exemption from individual licensing and free circulation of devices using UWB technology in bands below 10.6 GHz. Approved 24 March 2006 - Amended November 18th 2022.