Telecommunications - Laws, Regulations and Licenses

In this page you will find a general and specific material regarding public-private partnerships in telecommunications, including links to the most important international and regional organizations of the sector.

 

Included also in this page, is a list of laws and regulations categorized by country, which contains information about the general institutional framework, the regulatory authority, licensing, competition policy, tariffs regulations, quality service, interconnection issues, infrastructure sharing, scarce resources management, universal service, and penalties and sanctions.

 

See below documents and links to Telecommunications sector reform, laws, regulation and licenses:


 

General Materials

 

Set out below are general materials:

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Sample Laws, Regulations and Licenses

 

Set out below are examples of laws and licenses relating to reform in the Telecommunications Sector, drawn from different legal systems, different regions and different languages. A number of laws are also linked to the ICT Regulation Toolkit.

 

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Afghanistan Algeria | Argentina | Australia
Brunei | Bulgaria
Chile | Colombia
Denmark | India | Jordan | Kenya | Lebanon
Malaysia | Mauritania | Mexico | Morocco | Mozambique | Nigeria
Peru | Romania
Samoa | Singapore | South Africa
Turkey | Uganda | Venezuela

 

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Afghanistan

  • General Telecommunications Framework
    Telecommunications Services Regulation Act (pdf) - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Afghanistan. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the regulatory telecommunications authority. It includes licensing, competition policy, interconnection, co-location, scarce resources management, universal access, tariffs regulations, penalties and sanctions and dispute resolution.
    Information and Technology Law(pdf) - This law establishes ITC policies and strategies.

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Algeria

  • General Telecommunications Framework
    Loi no. 2000-03 - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Algeria . It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the regulatory telecommunications authority. It includes licensing, interconnection, scarce resources management, penalties and sanctions. It also covers the postal service.

  • Interconnection and Price Regulation

    • Legal Framework
      Intercontection Conditions Decree 02-156 (PDF) - Décret exécutif n° 02-156 du 26 safar 1423 correspondant au 09 mai 2002 : fixant les conditions d’interconnexion des réseaux et services de télécoms.

    • Particular Decisions
      Bills Orascom vs Algerie Telecom (PDF) Décision n° 34/SP/PC/ARPT/05 du 28 août 2005 : relative aux tarifs des liaisons d’interconnexion dans le catalogue d’interconnexion d’ALGERIE TELECOM, et non partage du coût de ces mêmes liaisons entre les opérateurs ORASCOM TELECOM ALGERIE ET ALGERIE TELECOM.
      Orascom Telecom Algerie vs Algerie Telecom (PDF) Décision n° 32/SP/PC/ARPT/05 du 28 août 2005 : relative au litige en matière d’obligation de paiement des décomptes d’interconnexion entre les opérateurs ORASCOM TELECOM ALGERIE ET ALGERIE TELECOM.

  • Licensing

    • Legal Framework
      Algeria Banding Licenses (PDF) Décret exécutif n° 04-157 du 11 rabie ethani 1425 correspondant au 31 mai 2004 : modifiant et complétant le décret exécutif 01-123 du 09/05/2001 relatif au régime d’exploitation applicable à chaque type de réseaux, y compris radioélectriques et aux différents services de télécommunications.
      Alerina License Adjudication Process Decree 01-124 (PDF)  Décret exécutif n° 01-124 du 15 safar 1422 correspondant au 09 mai 2001 : portant définition de la procédure applicable à l’adjudication par appel à la concurrence pour l’octroi des licences en matière de télécommunications
      Algeria License Fees Decree 05-99 Décret exécutif n°05-99 du 09 safar 1426 correspondant au 20 mars 2005 : complétant le décret exécutif n° 03-37 du 11 Dhou El Kaada 1423 correspondant au 13 janvier 2003 fixant le montant de la redevance applicable aux opérateurs titulaires d’autorisations pour l’établissement et l’exploitation de réseaux de télécommunications et/ou la fourniture de services de télécommunications.

    • Licensing Agreements
      Algeria Mobile GSM service Licence (PDF)  Décret exécutif n° 04-09 du 18 dhou el kaada 1425 correspondant au 11 janvier 2004: portant approbation de la licence d’établissement et d’exploitation d’un réseau public de télécommunications cellulaires de norme GSM et de fourniture de services de télécommunications au public.
      Algeria Satelital mobile telecommunications service licence (PDF)  Décret exécutif n° 05-32 du 14 dhou el hidja 1425 correspondant au 24 janvier 2005: portant approbation de licence d’établissement et d’exploitation d’un réseau public de communications personnelles mobiles mondiales par satellites de type GMPCS et de fourniture de services de télécommunications au public.

  • Universal Access or Service
    Decree No. 03-232  -  This decree establishes the universal access regime for both post and telecommunications

Argentina

  • General Telecommunications Framework:
    Argentina Decree No. 764/2000: This decree sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Argentina. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, infrastructure sharing, collocation, universal service, tariffs regulation penalties and sanctions, and dispute resolution.

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Australia

  • General Legal Framework
    The Australian Communications & Media Authority Act 2005
    The Telecommunications Act 1997
    The Spam Act 2003
    These laws set out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Australia. They contain a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority (ACMA). They include licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, co-location, scarce resources management, universal service, penalties and sanctions. They also cover some internet service issues.

 

Brunei

 

Bulgaria

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Chile

  • General Telecommunications Framework
    Ley General de Telecomunicaciones No. 18.168 de 1982 - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Chile. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the regulatory telecommunications authority. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, co-location, scarce resources management, infrastructure sharing, tariffs regulation, and penalties and sanctions. Reglamento Servicio Publico telefónico, Decreto Supremo 425/96 - This decree sets out the regime for fixed, long distance and mobile telephony.

 

Colombia

Denmark

 

India

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Jordan

Kenya

 

Lebanon

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Malaysia

  • General Telecommunication Framework

    Act 588 Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (PDF) and Act 589 Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (PDF) : These laws set out the current general legal framework for telecommunications in Malaysia. They contain a detailed institution framework including the creation of the regulatory telecommunications authority (MCMC). They include licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, universal services, tariffs regulation, penalties and sanctions and dispute resolution. 

 

Mexico

  • General Legal Framework

    Ley Federal de Telecomunicaciones (PDF): This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Mexico. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, infrastructure sharing, collocation, universal service, tariffs regulation and penalties and sanctions.

  • Institutions
    Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
    Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones  

 

Morocco (Maroc)

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Mauritania

  • General Telecommunication Framework

    Loi Réglementant les télécommunications (Loi 11 juillet du 1999) (PDF): This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Mauritania. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, universal access, tariffs regulation, and penalties and sanctions.

 

Mozambique

  • General Telecommunications Framework

    Lei No. 8 das telecomunicacoes (PDF) - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Mozambique. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority (INCM). It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, universal access and service, tariffs regulation, and penalties and sanctions.

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    Useful links
    Instituto Nacional das telecomunicacoes de Mocambique

 

Nigeria

  • General Telecommunications Framework

    Nigeria Communications Act - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Nigeria. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority (NCC). It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, infrastructure sharing, universal service, tariffs regulation, penalties and sanctions and dispute resolution.

  • Licensing Process

    The licensing process is described in the Nigerian Communications Commission Web site (NCC does not contain a licensing regulation; they only establish the licensing requirements on the internet)

  • Useful links
    The Nigerian Communications Commission

 

Peru

  • General Telecommunication framework

    Decreto Supremo No. 003-2007 (PDF): This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Peru. It contains a detailed institutional framework. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, universal service, tariffs regulation, penalties and sanctions.

    Decreto Supremo No. 013-93: Supreme Decree approving the consolidated text of Peru's Telecommunications Act

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Romania

 

Samoa

  • General Telecommunications Framework
    Samoa Telecommunication Act No. 20/2005 - This law sets out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Samoa. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority. It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, co-location, scarce resources management, universal access, tariffs regulation, penalties and sanctions and dispute resolution. It also covers some postal service issues.

  • Useful Links
    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

 

Singapore

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South Africa

 

Turkey

 

Uganda

  • General Telecommunications Framework
    Uganda Communications Act (PDF) - These laws set out the general legal framework for telecommunications in Uganda. It contains a detailed institutional framework, including the creation of the telecommunications regulatory authority (UCC). It includes licensing, competition policy, quality service, interconnection, scarce resources management, tariffs regulation, penalties and sanctions. It also covers the postal service. It also covers some postal service issues.

  • Licensing
    Licensing Guidelines (PDF) - Communications licensing guidelines issued by the Uganda Communications Commission.

  • Useful links
    Uganda Communications Commission

 

Venezuela

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Further Reading

 

PPIAF: A Model for Calculating Interconnection Costs in Telecoms (PDF): This guidebook provides a sound methodology to help regulators and telecommunications operators adopt a tariff regime and deal with interconnection disputes on the basis of a rigorous cost model.

 

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in e-Government: A knowledge map and handbook (June 2009): This Knowledge Map is designed to provide policy makers, development agency staff, private sector partners, and other key practitioners with guidance on the policies, programs, services, and instruments that may facilitate the engagement of the private sector into areas traditionally seen as those solely of government.

 

Next Generation Connectivity - A review of broadbank internet transitions and policy from around the world (February 2010): An independent expert review conducted by Berkeman Center for Internet & Society for the benefit of FCC (Federal Communications Commission).

 

Report on Next Generation Access - Economic Analysis and Regulatory Principles (June 2009) - (PDF): Produced by the European Regulators Group (ERG), this report discussed current regulatory developments in the European Union addressed to the economic and technical challenges and various PPP practice at the local level to build out fiber infrastructure in collaboration with local communities.

 

The Economics of Next Generation Access—Final Report (September 2008) - (PDF): In this study for the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), public private partnerships are presented as an effective vehicle for achieving “open access” to multiple competitors. 

 

“Implementing Electronic Business Registry (e-BR) Services: Recommendations for policy makers based on the experience of EU Accession Countries” (June 2008). By Lewin, Anat, Leora Klapper, Bruno Lanvin, David Satola, Sophie Sirtaine, Richard Symonds,and Cara Zappala.

Last Updated : Wed,2017-02-15

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