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Communications Act 2003

Communications Act 2003

2003 CHAPTER 21

APPENDIX 3:

The four transposition tables set out below identify how the requirements of each of the four Communications Directives have been dealt with in the Communications Act.

DIRECTIVE 2002/21/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON A COMMON REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AND SERVICES

THE FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
Article NumberSection Number (s)
CHAPTER ISCOPE, AIM AND DEFINITIONS
Article 1Scope and aim
(1) to (3)No implementation required. Identifies aim and scope of the Directive
(4)Directive 1999/5/EC implemented separately by S.I. 2000/730.
Article 2Definitions
(a)s.32(1)
(b)s.83
(c)s.32(2) & (7)
(d )s.151(1)
(e)s.32(3)
(f)s.75(3)
(g)s.151(1) & (5)
(h)Not used in Act
(i)This meaning not used in Act
(j)s.65
(k)Not used in Act
(l)s.151(1) & paragraph 13(8) of Sch. 18
(m)s.32(4)(a)
(n)s.151(1)
(o)948. Not used in Act
(p)s.74(3) & (4)
CHAPTER IINATIONAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
Article 3National regulatory authorities
(1)OFCOM Act 2002
(2)OFCOM Act 2002, section 1 and paragraphs 1 and 17 of the Schedule
(3)As above
(4)All task set out in various enactments, which are all published
(5)s.393 and Part 9 of the Enterprise Act 2002
(6)To be done administratively
Article 4Right of appeal
(1)s.192 to 196 and Schedule 8
(2) Does not apply: appeal body in Act is judicial
Article 5Provision of information
(1)s.135 to 137 & 191
(2)s.25
(3)Nothing additional required, covered by common law breach of confidence
(4)s.26
(5)s.26(6)
Article 6Consultation and transparency mechanism
There are a number of provisions in the Act which require consultation including, sections 48 , 49, 80 , 106, 107, 109, 115   and  403
Article 7Consolidating the internal market for electronic communications
(1)s.4
(2)s.4(4)
(3)s.50(3) & (4) and 81(3)
(4)s.82
(5)s.48(5), 49(9), 50(2), 50(6), 80(6) and 81(2)
(6)  Paragraph 9 of Schedule 18
CHAPTER IIITASKS OF NATIONAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
Article 8Policy objectives and regulatory principles
(1)

s.4

Technological neutrality – s. 4(6)

(2)s.4(3)
(3)s.4(4)
(4)s.4(5)
Article 9Management of radio frequencies for electronic communications services
(1)s.154
(3)s.168
(4)s.168
Article 10Numbering, naming and addressing
(1) Will be implemented in the conditions set under  s. 57 & 58
(2)s.63(2)
(3)s. 56
Article 11Rights of way
(1)s.106 to 109 and Schedule 3, plus Schedule 2 to TA 1984 (electronic communications code).
(2)s.106 (OFCOM apply code)
(3)s.192
Article 12Co-location and facility sharing
(1)s.107(4)(c), 109(2)(d) & paragraph 29 of Sch. 2 to the TA 1984
(2)s.73(3)
Article 13Accounting separation and financial reports
(1)s.45(6), 46(3) & (4) and 77
(2)s.77(3)(b) & (c)
CHAPTER IVGENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 14Undertakings with significant market power
s.78
Article 15Market definition procedure
(1)Action for European Commission
(2)Action for European Commission
(3)s.79(2), (3) & (7)
(4)s.83
Article 16Market analysis procedure
(1)s.79, 80 and 84(2) & (3), the Electronic Communications (Market Analysis) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/330) and paragraph 10 of Schedule 18
(2)s.46(7) & (8), the Electronic Communications (Market Analysis) Regulations 2003 and paragraph 10 of Schedule 18
(3)s.84(4)
(4)s.46(7) & (8) and 87 to 92
(5)s.83
(6)As above
Article 17Standardisation
(1)Action for European Commission
(2)s.4(9) & (10), 51(1)(g) and 75(1)
(3)No immediate action for Member States
(4)Action for European Commission
(5)Action for European Commission
(6)Action for European Commission
(7)Directive 1999/5/EC implemented separately by S.I. 2000/730.
Article 18Interoperability of digital interactive television services
s.4(7), (8), (9) & (10) & 74(2)
Article 19Harmonisation procedures
No immediate action for Member States.  If action eventually required will be done by issuing of direction under s. 5
Article 20Dispute resolution between undertakings
(1)s.185, 188 & 191
(2)s.186
(3)s.4
(4)s.188
(5)187
Article 21Resolution of cross-border disputes
s.189
Article 22Committee
No requirement on Member States
Article 23Exchange of information
No requirement on Member States – action for Commission
Article 24Publication of information
This is to be dealt with administratively
Article 25Review procedures
s.24
CHAPTER VFINAL PROVISIONS
Article 26Repeal
No requirement on Member States
Article 27Transitional measures
Schedule 18 paragraph 8 & 9
Article 28Transposition
Article 29Entry into force
No requirement on Member States
Article 30Addressees
No requirement on Member States
Annex INo requirement on Member States
Annex IIs.78(5)

DIRECTIVE 2002/20/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON THE AUTHORISATION OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AND SERVICES

THE AUTHORISATION DIRECTIVE
Article NumberSection Number (s)
Article 1Objective and scope
No implementation required. Identifies aim of Directive
Article 2Definitions
(2)(a)s.46(2) & 51(3)
(2)(b)s.183 & s. 19(5A) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
Article 3General authorisation of electronic communications networks and services
(1)Chapter 1 of Part 2 and  s. 132 & 133
(2)s.33
(3)s.33(5), (6), (7) & (8) and s.44
Article 4Minimum list of rights derived from the general authorisation
(1)s.106 & 107
(2)s.51(1)(b), (4) & 66
Article 5Rights of use for radio frequencies and numbers
(1)s.166 & section 1AA of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
(2) Will be implemented in the conditions set under section 58
(3)s.58(4), 153,   Sch. 17 para. 8(6) and section 1D(4A) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
(4)Ditto
Article 6Conditions attached to the general authorisation and to the rights of use for radio frequencies and for numbers and specific obligations
(1)

s.33 & 34 (notification) s.38 & 39 (administrative charge)

s.45(3), 46(2), 47, 51, 52, 57, 58 & 64  (general conditions)

s.106 to 107 & 109 (Electronic communications code)

s.135 to 137 (Information provisions)

Sch. 17 para 8(10) and section 1D(9) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (spectrum)

(2)

s.45(4), (5), (7) & (8). 46(3), (5), (6) & (7)

and

s.67  (universal service conditions)

s.73  (access-related conditions)

s.87 to 92 (SMP services conditions)

(3)See entry for Part A of Annex
(4)s.165 and section 1(2C) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
Article 7Procedure for limiting the number of rights of use to be granted for radio frequencies
(1)s.164
(2)s.164
(3)s.4 & 164
(4)Sch. 17 para 8(6) and section 1D(4B) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
Article 8Harmonised assignment of radio frequencies
Shall be secured if necessary by a direction given under  s. 5
Article 9Declarations to facilitate the exercise of rights to install facilities and rights of interconnection
s.146
Article 10Compliance with the conditions of the general authorisation or of rights of use and with specific obligations
(1)s.135 to 137
(2)

s.35 to 37 (enforcement of advance notification provisions)

s.40 to 43 (enforcement of administrative charge provisions)

s.61(3) (withdrawal of telephone number allocations)

s.94 to 100 & 102 to 103  (enforcement of conditions)

s.110 to 114 (enforcement of restrictions and conditions for which application of electronic communications code subject),

s.138 to 144 (enforcement of information provisions)

s.169 & section 1E of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and s. 172 to 174 (spectrum enforcement)

(3)s.36 & 37, 41, 95 & 96, 111 & 112, 139, 144 & 174
(4)s.139
(5)

s.42 & 43 (administrative charge)

s.61(3) (withdrawal of telephone number allocations)

s.100, 102 & 103  (conditions of entitlement)

s.140, 142 & 143  (information provision)

s.113 (electronic communications code)

s.169 and section 1E of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and

s.173 (spectrum enforcement)

(6)s.98 s.169 and section 1E of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and s. 174 (spectrum enforcement)
(7)s.192
Article 11Information required under the general authorisation, for rights of use and for the specific obligations
(1)s.135 & s. 171 and section 13A of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
(2)s.135(4) & 171 and section 13A of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
Article 12Administrative charges
(1)s.38 & 39
(2)s.38(9) & (10)
Article 13Fees for rights of use and rights to install facilities

s.38(6)(g)

s.58(1)(b), (5) & (6)

Article 14Amendment of rights and obligations
(1)s.47, 48 & 60 s.106, 107, 109 & 115 s.169 and section 1E of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
(2)s.113
Article 15Publication of information
s.26
Article 16Review procedures
s.24
Article 17Existing authorisations
Abolishing current regulatory regime and replacing with a new regulatory regime. As such not necessary to bring old regime into line with Directives
Article 18Transposition
Article 19Entry into force
No requirement on Member States
Article 20Addressees
No requirement on Member States
Annex
Part AConditions which may be attached to a general authorisation
s.45(3), 51 & 52
(1)s.51(1)(d)
(2)s.38 & 39
(3)s.51(1)(b) & (4)
(4)s. 57
(5)s.106 to 109, schedule 3 and Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984
(6)s.64
(7)This is currently addressed through the UK’s implementation of the Telecommunications Data Protection Directive (Directive 97/66/EC) and from the 31 October 2003 will be dealt with by the UK’s implementation of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (Directive 2002/58/EC).
(8)s.51(1)(a) & 52
(9)Not taking up this option to set conditions for this purpose
(10)s.33(5) & 135 to 137
(11)This is enabled through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, in accordance with Directive 97/66/EC and Directive 95/46/EC.
(12)s.51(1)(e) & (7)
(13)s.51(1)(f)
(14)s.51(1)(b) & (4)
(15)s.51(1)(c) & (5)
(16)This is currently addressed through the UK’s implementation of the Telecommunications Data Protection Directive (Directive 97/66/EC) and from the 31 October 2003 will be dealt with by the UK’s implementation of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (Directive 2002/58/EC).
(17)Exemption Regulations under proviso to section 1(1) of WTA 1949
(18)s.51(1)(g)
Part BConditions which may be attached to rights of use for radio frequencies
(1)s.158
(2)Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 section 1
(3)s.183 & section 19(5) & (5A) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
(4)Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 section 1
(5)s.168
(6)Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 sections 1 and 3
(7)Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 section 1
(8)Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 section 1
Part CConditions which may be attached to rights of use for numbers
(1)s.58(1) & (2)
(2)s.58(1) & (2) and 63(1)
(3)s.58(1) & (2)
(4)s.58(1)(d) & (3)
(5)Option in Directive for maximum duration not taken up in Act
(6)s.58(1) & (2)
(7)s.58(1) & (2)
(8)s.58(1) & (2)
(9)s.58(1) & (2)

DIRECTIVE 2002/19/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON ACCESS TO, AND INTERCONNECTION OF, ELECTRONIC COMMUNUCATIONS NETWORKS AND ASSOCIATED FACILITIES

THE ACCESS DIRECTIVE
Article NumberSection Number (s)
CHAPTER ISCOPE, AIM AND DEFINITIONS
Article 1Scope and aim
No implementation required.  Identifies aim of Directive
Article 2 Definitions
(a)s.151(3) & (4)
(b)s.151(2)
(d)Regulation 3 of Advanced Television Services Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1901)
(c)& (e)Not used in Act
CHAPTER IIGENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 3General framework for access and interconnection
Nothing is required to ensure persons not restricted from negotiating access and interconnection
Article 4Rights and obligations for undertakings
(1)s.45(3) & 51(1)(b) & (4)
(2) Regulation 4 of Advanced Television Service Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1901)
(3)s.45(3) & 51(1)(b) & (4)
Article 5Powers and responsibilities of the national regulatory authorities with regard to access and interconnection
(1)

s.4(7) & (8)

s.45(5) & 73(2)

(a)s.46(6)(a), 73(2) & 74(1)
(b)s.73(2) & 74(2)
(2)s.45(5), 73(4) & 75(1)
(3)s. 47 to 50
(4)s.105
CHAPTER IIIOBLIGATIONS ON OPERATORS AND MARKET REVIEW PROCEDURES
Article 6Conditional access system and other facilities
(1)s.45(4), 73(5) & 75(2)
(2)No action for Member States
(3)s.47 to 50 & 76
(4)s.310 to 311
Article 7Review of former obligations for access and interconnection
(1)Schedule 18, paragraph 9
(2)No requirement for Member States - action for European Commission
(3)s.84(2) & (3) & paragraph 10 of Schedule 18 and the Electronic Communications (Market Analysis) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/330)
Article 8Imposition, amendment or withdrawal of obligations
(1)s.45(7) & (8), 87 to 89
(2)s.45(7) & (8), 46(7) & (8)(a) & 87(2)
(3)s.46(7) & (8)(b) & 89
(4)s. 47 to 50
(5)s.50(2)
Article 9Obligation of transparency
 s.45(7) & (8)
(1)s.87(6)(b)
(2)s.87(6)(c), (d) & (e)
(3)As above
(4)s. 87(6)(b), (c), (d) & (e)
(5)Action for Communications Committee
Article 10Obligation of non-discrimination
s.45(7) & (8)
(1)s.87(6)(a)
(2)s.87(6)(a)
Article 11Obligation of accounting separation
s.45(7) & (8)
(1)s.87(7) & (8)
(2)s.26 & 135
Article 12Obligations of access to, and use of, specific network facilities
s.45(7) & (8)
(1)s.87(3) & (5)
(2)s.87(4)
Article 13Price control and cost accounting obligations
s.45(7) & (8)
(1)87(9)& (10) & 88
(2)s. 88(1)(b) & (4)(a)
(3)s. 87(9)(d), (10) & 88(4)(b)
(4)s. 87(11)
CHAPTER 4PROCEDURAL PROVISIONS
Article 14Committee
No requirement on Member States
Article 15Publication of, and access to, information
(1)s. 24 to 26 & 48(1) & (6)
(2)s. 24 to 26 & 50(2) to (6)
Article 16Notification
(1)This will be dealt with administratively
(2)s. 50(2) & 81(2)
Article 17Review procedures
s.24
Article 18Transposition
Article 19Entry into force
No requirement on Member States
Article 20Addressees
No requirement on Member States
 Annex I
Part Is.73(5) & 75(2)
Part IIs.73(2) & 74(2)
Annex IIs. 87(6)(b), (c), (d) & (e)

DIRECTIVE 2002/22/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE AND USERS’ RIGHTS RELATING TO ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AND SERVICES

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE DIRECTIVE
Article NumberSection Number (s)
CHAPTER ISCOPE, AIMS AND DEFINITIONS
Article 1Scope and aims
No implementation required.  Identifies aim of Directive
Article 2Definitions
(c)s.51(2) The Act does not refer specifically to any of the other terms defined in this Article.
CHAPTER 2UNIVERSAL SERVICE OBLIGATIONS INCLUDING SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS
Article 3Availability of universal service
(1)s.45(4), 65 & 67
(2)s.47
Article 4Provision of access at a fixed location
s.45(4), 65 & 67
Article 5Directory enquiry services and directories
s.45(4), 65 & 67
(3)s.69
Article 6Public pay telephones
s.45(4), 65 & 67
Article 7Special measures for disabled users
s.45(4), 65 & 67
Article 8Designation of undertakings
s.46(5), 66 and paragraph 7 of Schedule 18 and the Electronic Communications (Universal Service) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/33)
Article 9Affordability of tariffs
s.45(4), 65 & 67
(1)s.68(1)
(2)s.68(2)
(3)s.68(2)
(4)s.68(2)
(5)s.47
Article 10Control of expenditure
s.45(4), 65 & 67
(1)s.68(3) & (4)
Article 11Quality of service of designated undertakings
s.45(4), 65, 67 & 135 to 137
(1) – (3)s.67(3) to (6)
(4)s.48(2), 49(4), 67(7)
(6)s.67(8) & (9) & 94 to 100 & 102 and 103
Article 12Costing of universal service obligations
(1)s.70
(2)s.70(4), (5), (6) & (7)
Article 13Financing of universal service obligations
(1)s.71
(2)s.71(5)
(3)s.71(6)
(4)s.51(1)(d) & 71
Article 14Transparency
(1)s.403
(2)s.72
Article 15Review of the scope of universal service
No requirement on Member States – action for European Commission
CHAPTER 3REGULATORY CONTROLS ON UNDERTAKINGS WITH SIGNIFICANT MARKET POWER IN SPECIFIC MARKETS
Article 16Review of obligations
(1)Schedule 18 paragraph 9
(2)No requirement on Member States – action for European Commission
(3)s.84(2) & (3) & paragraph 10 of Schedule 18 and the Electronic Communications (Market Analysis) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/330)
Article 17Regulatory controls on retail services
s.45(7) & (8) and 46(7) & (8)
(1)s.91
(2)s.47
(3)s.91(7)
(4)s.91(6)
(5)s.46(7) & (8)
Article 18Regulatory controls on the minimum set of leased lines
s.45(7) & (8) and 46(7) & (8)
(1)s.92
(2)s.84(4)
(3)s.92(1)(b)
Article 19Carrier selection and carrier pre-selection
s.45(7) & (8) and 46(7) & (8)
(1)s.90
(2)s.90
(3)s.90(4)
CHAPTER 4END-USER INTERESTS AND RIGHTS
Article 20Contracts
s.51(1)(a)
Article 21Transparency and publication of information
(1)s.51(1)(a) and 135 to 137
(2)s.26
Article 22Quality of service
s.51(1)(a) & 135 to 137
Article 23Integrity of the network
s.51(1)(c), (e) & (5)
Article 24Interoperability of consumer digital television equipment
 Regulations 5 to 8 of and the Schedule to the Advanced Television Services Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1901)
Article 25Operator assistance and directory enquiry services
s. 51(1)(a) & 58(3)
Article 26Single European emergency call number
(1)s.51(1)(a)
Article 27 European telephone access codes
(1)s.56
(2)s.57
Article 28Non-geographic numbers
s.57
Article 29Provision of additional facilities
s.51(1)(a) & (b)
Article 30Number portability
s.58(1)(e) & 58(2)(f)
Article 31“Must carry” obligations
s.64
CHAPTER 5GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS
Article 32Additional mandatory services
Option. No current plans to take.
Article 33Consultation with interested parties
s.16, 48, 49 & 403
Article 34Out-of –court dispute resolution
s.52 to 55
Article 35Technical adjustment
No requirement on Member States
Article 36Notification, monitoring and review procedures
(1)s.66(8)
(2)s.50(2) & 81(2)
(3)s. 24 & 25
Article 37Committee
No requirement on Member States
Article 38Transposition
Article 39Entry into force
No requirement on Member States
Article 40Addressees
No requirement on Member States
Annex I
Part As.45(4), 65 & 67
Part Bs.51(1)(a)
Annex IIs.51(1)(a)
Annex IIIs.51(1)(a) & 67(3)(c)
Annex IVs.70
Annex VNo requirement on Member States
Annex VIRegulations 5 to 8 of and the Schedule to the Advanced Television Services Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1901)
Annex VIIs.92

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