Republic of Latvia

Law on Telecommunications

Severely abbreviated unofficial translation

 

Terms used in the Law

Public telecommunications network - the infrastructure meant for the general use of physical persons and legal entities for the transmission of a signal between two or more defined network terminating points by utilizing cables, radio waves and optical transmission systems or any other electromagnetic process. There is one public telecommunications network in Latvia.

Basic telecommunications services - telecommunication services which ensure the transmission of signals and their routing in telecommunications networks.

Telecommunication Organization - a business company that operates the public telecommunication network and has been established in accordance with law.

 

Chapter 2

State Administration in the field of Telecommunications

 

Article 3

Powers of the Ministry of Transport

State administration and policy in the field of telecommunications is carried out and determined by the Ministry of Transport.

 

Article 4

Utilization of radio frequency spectrum and the certification of telecommunications equipment

1. Physical persons and legal entities are permitted to utilize the radio frequency spectrum only after receiving a frequency use permit (license).

2. Control and supervision over radio communications and the utilization of radio frequency spectrum is carried out by the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry also drafts plans for radio frequency spectrum utilization according to international standards, reviews requests for the utilization of radio frequencies and issues permits (licenses) in accordance with the procedure set by the Council of Ministers, as well as determines frequency bands for free use.

 

Chapter 3

Telecommunication Services

 

Article 13

Types of basic telecommunication services

Types of basic telecommunication services include the following:

1) transmission of voice and other signals between the public telecommunication network in Latvia and foreign telecommunication networks, as well as between foreign public telecommunication networks and telecommunication networks in Latvia;

2) transmission of voice and other signals between the equipment of telecommunication users connected to telecommunications networks;

3) transmission of radio and television programmes over the public telecommunication network;

4) lease of telecommunication network lines;

5) provision of emergency (fire fighting, police, medical, etc.) service calls, free of charge, to telecommunication users of telecommunication networks;

6) installation and exploitation of pay phones connected to the public telecommunication network.

 

Chapter 4

Development of Specialized State Telecommunication Networks and Public Mobile Radio Telecommunication Networks and their Interconnection to the public Telecommunication Network; use of Satellite Communication Equipment; Private Telecommunication Networks

 

Article 16

Establishment of Public Mobile Radio Telecommunication Networks and their Interconnection to the Public Telecommunication Network

Licenses for the establishment of public mobile radio telecommunication networks shall be issued by the Ministry of Transport. The conditions which shall be observed by a public mobile radio telecommunication network shall be set by the telecommunication organization. These conditions are equal for all public mobile radio telecommunication networks. The regulations on the use of every public mobile radio telecommunication network and the tariffs for services provided by them shall be set by the corresponding network operator. A license shall be issued within one month from the submittal date of an application or, within the same term, a written substantiated refusal shall be given.

 

Article 17

Use of Satellite Communication Equipment

1. The use of satellite communication equipment by the public telecommunication network shall be coordinated with international satellite organizations by the Ministry of Transport.

2. All persons who have been issued a license by the Ministry of Transport have the right to set up and use satellite communication equipment with combined receivers and tansmitters. A license shall be issued within one month from the submittal date of an application or, within the same term, a written substantiated refusal shall be given.

 

Article 18

Private telecommunication networks

Physical persons and legal entities shall have the right to set up private telecommunication networks, which may only be used by these physical persons and legal entities for their own needs, and so long as they respect the rights of the telecommunication organization.