Communications: Telecoms and Broadcasting

The Practice

Arthur Cox has one of the leading telecoms and broadcasting practices in Ireland. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge and experience of the particular requirements of the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. At the forefront of regulatory and legal developments, our lawyers provide practical, industry-focused, first-class legal advice.

The Group has been involved in almost every major transaction in Ireland over the past 30 years and has advised eircom Limited, Meteor Mobile Communications Limited, Vodafone Ireland Limited, Irish public broadcaster RTÉ and broadcasting network operator 2RN.  Members of the Group have also been involved in framing relevant legislation and in significant telecoms regulatory and commercial cases before the Irish High Court.

The team is structured on a cross-departmental basis and draws on the specialist skills of our Corporate, Finance, Tax and Litigation groups and works very closely with the Technology & Innovation, Media and Intellectual Property Groups.

Our clients include:

  • fixed and mobile telecommunications operators
  • infrastructure providers
  • internet service providers
  • technology & social media companies
  • broadcasters
  • government and public sector entities based in Ireland and abroad
  • investors and banks


The Group brings its unparalleled regulatory expertise to advising actors in the electronic communications sector in respect of their corporate transactions including network sharing and other joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and other financing and restructuring operations.

The Group also assists clients in their dealings with regulators and public authorities, such as the Commission for Communications Regulation (“ComReg”) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), including in the context of statutory appeals, judicial reviews, competition complaints and defence, and regulatory compliance.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Authorisation and licensing requirements under the Authorisation Regulations 2011, the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1926
  • Significant Market Power regulation for both fixed and mobile including SMP designation and compliance issues including in respect of NGA roll-out, dark fibre, duct access, fixed voice access, broadband access, fixed and mobile termination rates and wholesale pricing regulation
  • Compliance with sector-specific consumer protection legislation and number portability requirements under the Universal Service Regulations 2011 and compliance with roaming regulatory requirements under the EU Roaming Regulation
  • Public service/Universal Service Obligations (USO) including designation, scope and funding
  • The application of European State aid rules to broadband/next generation access roll-out
  • Network access agreements
  • Infrastructure sharing agreements including mobile network sharing agreements

What others say about us

Our clients appreciate that the team has “the ability to quickly provide commercially focused advice” and a “customer-focused” approach.

Clients also attest that Colin Kavanagh is “practical, collegiate, proactive and solution-focused” (Chambers Europe, 2018).