Public Telecommunications Network Interface
Universal Services Quality Indicators
Network Interconnection and Network Access Agreements
Financial Capability

The new Telecommunications Act 155/2000 authorizes the Ministry of Transport and Communications to issue secondary regulations. On June 30 2000 the ministry issued a number of such decrees covering issues including:

  • the public telecommunications network interface;
  • universal services quality indicators;
  • network interconnection and access agreements; and
  • financial capability.

Public Telecommunications Network Interface

Decree 195 identifies five types of public network interface for the purpose of interconnection or access. These are:

  • a terminal point of a public fixed telecommunications network;
  • a terminal point of a public mobile telecommunications network;
  • an interface for interconnection of public telecommunications networks (the so-called 'interconnection point');
  • an interface for the purposes of establishing access for public or non-public telecommunications network operators or telecommunications service providers to a public telecommunications network (the so-called 'access point'); and
  • an interface for a special network access outside network terminal points.

Universal Services Quality Indicators

Decree 196 sets forth the services provided in the Universal Service Obligation, which include:

  • fault frequency on subscriber extensions;
  • claims related to incorrect billing; and
  • the rate of premature termination of connection or loss of service integrity in a public mobile telecommunications network.

Providers of universal services must perform a monthly evaluation of quality indicators according to rules specified in the decree.

Network Interconnection and Network Access Agreements

According to the Telecommunications Act, public network providers with significant market shares must allow other licensed service providers to access their services. Public network operators and public service providers controlling at least one network terminal point are, upon request, obliged to permit direct or indirect interconnection of licensed operators or providers. Decree 198 defines (i) the specifics of the interconnection and network access agreements (eg, types of services provided and time periods for the repair of breakdowns) and (ii) the specifics of a proposal for conclusion of the interconnection and network access agreements, which include:

  • identification of the applicant;
  • a draft of the technical solution;
  • a specification of requested services and their scope; and
  • a proposal for mutual billing and settlement.

Financial Capability

One of the conditions for granting a telecommunications licence is the applicant's evidence of financial capability. Proof includes:

  • a summary statement regarding commercial assets;
  • documents detailing the amount of available funds;
  • a summary statement regarding operating capital;
  • a five-year business plan;
  • an affidavit attesting that no claims are registered by the state with regard to taxes and customs; and
  • a statement of accounts.

For further information on this topic please contact Magda Pokorná at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, v.o.s., advokatni kancelar by telephone (+420 2 2166 2111) or by fax (+420 2 2166 2222) or by e-mail ([email protected]).

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