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Communications Act 2003

Section 73: Permitted subject matter of access-related conditions

189.This section governs OFCOM’s power to set access-related conditions. OFCOM may set access-related conditions only in relation to one or more of the matters listed in subsections (2) to (5).

190.Subsection (2) allows OFCOM to set access-related conditions for the purpose of ensuring a level of network access and interoperability which will secure efficiency, sustainable competition and the greatest possible benefit to end-users. These access-related conditions include, but are not limited to, the specific type of access-related conditions set out in section 74. This provision, together with section 74, implements Article 5(1) of and Part II of Annex I to the Access Directive and Article 2(p) of the Framework Directive.

191.Subsection (3) allows OFCOM to set access-related conditions to secure the sharing of apparatus and the division of the costs incurred by those to whom the electronic communications code applies, in cases where there is no viable alternative. This implements Article 12(2) of the Framework Directive.

192.Subsection (4) allows OFCOM to set access-related conditions of a technical or operational nature to ensure the proper operation of an electronic communications network in compliance with any SMP services conditions falling within section 87(3). Section 87(3) allows OFCOM to set SMP conditions requiring the dominant provider to give entitlements in relation to network access, use of relevant networks and availability of relevant facilities. This provision, together with section 75(1), implements Article 5(2) of the Access Directive.

193.Finally, subsection (5) provides that OFCOM may set access-related conditions in respect of conditional access systems in accordance with section 75(2). This provision, together with sections 75(2) and 76, implements Article 6 of, and Part I of Annex I to, the Access Directive and Article 2(f) of the Framework Directive.

  • *conditional access system is defined in section 75 (see below).

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