Licences under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998
As the communications and multimedia industry evolves towards convergence, licenses under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 are formulated to be both technology and service neutral. The licensing regime as provided for under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 allows a licensee to undertake activities that are market specific. This creates opportunities for expansion into the industry particularly in the area of Applications Service Providers and provides for a more effective utilization of Network Infrastructure.
Under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, there are four categories of licensable activities:
- Network Facilities Providers
Who are the owners of facilities such as satellite earth stations, broadband fiber optic cables, telecommunications lines and exchanges, radio-communications transmission equipment, mobile communications base stations, and broadcasting transmission towers and equipment. They are the fundamental building block of the convergence model upon which network, applications and content services are provided.
- Network Services Providers
Who provide the basic connectivity and bandwidth to support a variety of applications. Network service enables connectivity or transport between different networks. A network service provider is typically also the owner of the network facilities. However, connectivity services may be provided by a person using network facilities owned by another.
- Applications Service Providers
Who provide particular functions such as voice services, data services, content-based services, electronic commerce and other transmission services. Applications services are essentially the functions or capabilities, which are delivered to end-users.
- Content Applications Service Providers
Who are special subset of applications service providers including traditional broadcast services and the latest services such as online publishing and information services.