Telecommunications Act, 1994
- Commenced on 3 June 1994
- [This is the version of this document as it was at 31 December 1996 to 7 October 1999.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Telecommunications Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"Authority" means the Communications Authority established by section three;"Board" means the Board of Regulators of the Authority established under this Act;"Company" means Post and Telecommunications Limited, a company registered under the Companies Act;[Cap. 388]"Controller" means the Controller of Communications appointed under section four;"Deputy Controller" means the Deputy Controller of Communications appointed under section four;"licensee" means any person to whom a licence has been issued under this Act;"message" means any communication sent, received or made by telecommunication or given to a telecommunication officer to be sent by telecommunication;"operator's licence" means a licence under section six;"supplier's licence" means a licence under section seven;"telecommunication" means the transmission of—(a)speech, music or other sounds;(b)visual images;(c)electronic or other data;(d)signals capable of being interpreted as or converted to sounds, images or data; or(e)signals for the actuation or control of machinery or apparatus;by telephone, facsimile, telex, teleprinter or any other device or means (other than radiocommunication, as defined in the Radiocommunications Act, 1994, or telegraphy) whose principle utilises electrical, magnetic, electromagnetic or electrochemical energy or any combination of them;"telecommunication apparatus" means apparatus or facilities constructed or adapted for use as part of, or for the purposes of, a telecommunication system;"telecommunication officer" means an officer appointed under section four;"telecommunication service" means a service, delivered by means of a telecommunication system owned or provided by the person providing the service, whereby customers using the service are able to transmit telecommunications or have telecommunications transmitted for them, and includes any service ancillary thereto, such as—(a)the installation, maintenance, adjustment, repair, alteration, removal, relocation or replacement of telecommunication apparatus related to the relevant telecommunication system; and(b)any directory information service;but does not include a service prescribed by the Minister by regulation as being outside the scope of this definition;"telecommunication system" means a network of telecommunication apparatus used or capable of being used to provide a telecommunication service.
Part II – The Communications Authority
3. Establishment of the Authority and the Board
4. The Controller and other staff
5. Functions of the Authority
Part III – Licences
6. Service licence
7. Supplier's licence
8. Conditions of licences
9. Duration of licencesA licence remains in force, subject to this Act, for the period specified in the licence and may, subject to this Act, be renewed on its expiry on payment to the Authority of such fees as the Minister may be regulation prescribe.
10. Licences not transferableA licence shall not be capable of being bought, sold, leased, mortgaged or charged or in any manner assigned, demised or encumbered.
11. Unauthorised activities
12. Revocation of licence or refusal of renewal
Part IV – Telecommunications and telecommunication services
14. Unauthorised erection, maintenance or use of telecommunication system
15. Wilful damage to or interference with telecommunications
16. Unlawful transmission of messagesAny person who, knowing or having reason to believe that a telecommunication service is being provided in contravention of this Act—
17. Unauthorised disclosure of messages
Part V – Miscellaneous
18. Powers of inspection
19. Users Advisory Committee
20. Information to be supplied by licensees and applicants
21. Miscellaneous offencesA person who—
23. Amendment of Act No. 18 of 1987 and savings
24. Repeal of remainder of Act No. 18 of 1987On a date fixed by the Minister by statutory instrument, being a date not earlier than the commencement of this Act or the commencement of the Postal Services Act, 1994, the un-repealed portion of the Telecommunications Act, 1987, shall be repealed.
History of this document
08 October 1999 amendment not yet applied
Amended by Telecommunications (Amendment) Act, 1999
31 December 1996 this version
03 June 1994
|Telecommunications (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 2002||Statutory Instrument 19 of 2002|