On 10 October 2011, the Polish President signed the Act on the amendment to the Telecommunications Act (the Act), which was adopted by the Polish Parliament on 16 September 2011.

The Act mainly concerns premium rate services and ensures the increased protection of users and subscribers against fraud related to the use of such services. The Act:

  1. extends information obligations towards premium rate users, in particular in relation to the presentation of information about the price, the number and the name of the entity providing these services;
  2. with regard to subscribed premium rate services, obliges the provider of such service to enable the subscriber to withdraw from the service at any time; and
  3. allows different ways of blocking free of charge outgoing calls to premium rate numbers as well as incoming calls from numbers dedicated to the premium rate block outgoing calls to premium rate numbers and incoming calls from such numbers. The provider will be obliged to offer at least three price limits to its subscribers amounting to PLN 35, PLN 100 and PLN 200.

The Act also allows radio equipment for temporary use without the need to obtain a radio licence in order to ensure periodic transfer of information for a period of up to 30 days and defines the principles and procedures of issuing decisions by the President of the UKE allowing the temporary use of radio equipment in order to ensure periodic transfer of information.

Most of the provisions of the Act of on the amendment to the Telecommunications Act will enter into force 30 days after the official publication of the Act. The Act will be published on these days.

Further information is available at: http://www.uke.gov.pl/uke/index.jsp?place=Lead01&news_cat_id=168&news_id=7264&layout=3& page=text