Thursday, January 7, 2010

The ANCOM Action Plan for 2010 was adopted

December, 22nd 2009 the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) adopted the Action Plan for 2010, after a final consultation with the interested parties, in the Consultative Council meeting.

In view of ensuring a stable and a more transparent and predictable regulatory framework, in 2010, ANCOM will elaborate the regulatory strategy for the electronic communications sector for 2011-2015, the strategy on the introduction of the BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) systems in the 3.5 GHz, 2.5GHz and 800 MHz frequency bands and will implement the first concrete stages of the digital switchover.

In order to promote competition, ANCOM will continue to analyse the relevant markets in the communications sector by reviewing the bitstream markets, the leased lines markets and the markets corresponding to the services of interconnection in view of call termination at fixed locations on the public electronic communications networks.

In the frequency spectrum field, ANCOM proposes to implement the activities required for the switchover from analogue to digital television and to amend, complete and update the relevant secondary legislation (the application and award procedure regarding the licences for the use of the radio frequencies and the authorisation procedure for the broadcasting/retransmission of audiovisual programme services).

In view of promoting the end-users interests, ANCOM will carry on implementing the Universal Service mechanisms by establishing the conditions and organising the procedures for the designation of the Universal Service providers which are to provide access to the public telephone network, at a fixed location, and, respectively, access to the public pay telephones.

To better protect the users, ANCOM will define a series of quality parameters for the Internet access services, to be applied in the relationship with the end-users, and will submit the relevant ministry a proposal of amending Law no.196/2003 on preventing and fighting against pornography. As well, ANCOM will conduct a new information campaign on number portability for the telephony users and will elaborate information guides for the communications users.

In addition, at the request of the communications industry, the Authority will intensify the institutional dialogue with the latter’s representatives in order to identify the most suitable methods of incentivizing investments in the development of the communications infrastructure and in the new technologies.

The ANCOM Action Plan for 2010 is available here.

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