The legal framework for electronic communications and postal 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 and postal services. The Electronic Communications Act and the Act on the PTA, both of which were passed in 2003, implement the major provisions of the EU Communications Directive package of 2002. Similarly the Act on Postal Services from 2002 implements especially with respect to universal services the corresponding provisions of the Postal Directive of the EU. The Act contains a number of provisions either mandating or authorising the Minister of Transport and Communications to issue regulations to complement the Acts. In some cases the PTA is either mandated or authorised 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 weblinks. No responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of english texts after translation as they are unofficial. Legal authenticity remains with the original Icelandic versions.

The Post and Telecom Administration

Rulings Committee

Postal affairs

Electronic Communications in general


Numbers and frequencies


  • R&TTE Directive 1999/5EC - rules for the placing on the market and putting into service of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

Marine equipment