Telecommunications is a reserved matter meaning that it has not been devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive but is controlled centrally by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in London.
Under the Communications Act 2003, the Department for the Economy has been given limited powers to intervene where there is evidence of market failure but this has to be undertaken with caution in order to avoid distortion of the market and comply with European regulations.
DfE exercises these functions in the context of a number of European, National and regional strategies including: -
- The Digital Agenda for Europe
- Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future
- Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2016 to 2021
- Northern Ireland Economic Strategy
- Regional Development Strategy 2035
- UK Digital Strategy 2017 - GOV.UK
- Industrial Strategy