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Communications Act 2003

Section 93: Conditions about apparatus supply

233.Where OFCOM determine that a supplier of electronic communications apparatus has SMP in an apparatus market, OFCOM may set conditions requiring the supplier to maintain accounting separation between such activities and other matters and also may set price controls in relation to the hiring of telephones which are hardwired to an electronic communications network. The SMP apparatus conditions may only apply to apparatus in respect of which the supplier has been found to have significant market power.

  • *A telephone is hardwired to an electronic communications network if the telephone has to be physically attached to apparatus in the network by means of a tool before it can be used (subsection (5))..

  • *Apparatus in relation to SMP apparatus conditions is defined in section 151(1), as apparatus designed or adapted for a use which consists of or includes the sending or receiving of communications or other signals (within the meaning of section 32) that are transmitted by means of an electronic communications network.

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