Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing Country Q&A tool
Resource type: Country Q&A Tool
Published on 01-Nov-2015
Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom
Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom
Step 1: Check the boxes to select the questions and the jurisdictions for comparison.
Step 2: Click the "submit" button.
Step 3: Scroll down to view answers and check law stated dates for each jurisdiction.
The telecommunications market
Give a brief overview of the structure of the telecommunications market in your jurisdiction. Briefly set out any major recent developments, such as mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and insolvencies.
Give a brief overview of the regulatory framework for telecommunications in your jurisdiction. Which authorities regulate telecommunications services in your jurisdiction? Is there a separate regulator for competition law issues in this sector?
Authorisation and licences
What notification, authorisation and licences are required to provide telecommunications services? What is the licence application procedure and fee?
How long does a telecommunications licence typically last and what are the usual conditions attached to it? Can conditions be varied? Are licences available for public inspection?
Penalties for non-compliance
What are the consequences of non-compliance with the telecommunications regulations?
Can decisions of the regulators be appealed and on what grounds?
Universal service obligations
Is the incumbent provider or other large providers with significant market power subject to specific regulations? Do universal service obligations apply? Are there provisions for the structural separation of a network?
What general conditions apply to telecommunications services? Which other regulations must be complied with?
Do communications providers have any powers to place their equipment on third party sites?
Access and interconnection
Does access to infrastructure and a network have to be given to other providers?
Is the interconnection of networks required? Are interconnection prices regulated and how are interconnection disputes resolved?
Data protection and security
What data protection or consumer privacy regulations apply to the telecommunications sector, including both generally applicable and sector-specific laws? Are communications providers required to retain communications data? If yes, which data and for how long? What are the penalties for breach of these regulations?
What are the rules relating to the interception of calls? How and on what grounds can government authorities require disclosure of communications data? What are the penalties for breach of these rules?
Are there any network or data security obligations imposed on communications providers?