Is there any specific regulator for the provisions of communications-related services? Are they independent of the government control?
The Malta Communications Authority (the ‘MCA’) is the authority entrusted to regulate electronic communications, postal and electronic commerce sectors and is constituted by law under the Malta Communications Authority Act, Chapter 418 of the Laws of Malta (the ‘MCA Act’), to exercise regulatory functions in the field of communications. Its aims are to promote competition, develop the internal market, promote the interests and rights of users within the European Union and ensure that there are adequate electronic communications services to satisfy all reasonable demands. The MCA also works to develop an environment that is favourable to investment, innovation, social inclusion and economic growth.
The MCA is a governmental authority. It provides advice to the Government of Malta on various matters, including the international dimension of the electronic communications regulatory framework.
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) is tasked with ensuring the compatibility of electronic communication services and equipment in Norway, hereunder that the requirements laid down in or pursuant to the Electronic Communications Act are fulfilled.
As a sectoral authority, Nkom is subject to the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, who may instruct Nkom to deal with cases within the scope of the Electronic Communications Act.
The Information and Telecommunication Technologies Authority (“BTK”) is the authority for regulating and monitoring the telecommunications sector in Turkey. The Authority is independent and regulates/supervises the telecommunications sector in Turkey with regards to authorisation, tariffs, access, numbering, spectrum management, licensing, market supervision etc.