Telecommunications laws and regulations

The basis for all rules that apply to telecommunications on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is the ‘Wet telecommunicatievoorzieningen BES’ [Telecommunications Act BES]. The Act includes a number of decisions and regulations, the so-called subordinate regulations.

The overview below shows all laws and regulations in which the Authority for Digital Infrastructure is charged with implementation and supervision.

Telecommunications Act BES (Wtv BES)

The Wtv BES mainly regulates the regulations with regard to the use of telecommunications equipment. This concerns concessions for the telecommunications infrastructure (fixed and mobile telephony), radio transmission equipment for which a licence is required, exempt equipment (without licence), radio transmission exams, licences for equipment and various forms of supervision (testing, inspection and the imposition of sanctions).

Decree designation of supervisor Act Telecommuncations BES 

This decision regulates who the supervisors are for the Wtv BES.

Decree cable broadcasting and cable networks BES

This includes the regulations for telecommunications cables (including submarine cables) and cable television.

Decree radio electric equipment BES

This includes the regulations on the construction and operation of the telecommunications infrastructure by concession holders. This decision concerns the various services that can be assigned to a concession holder.

Besluit radio-elektrische inrichtingen BES [BES Radio Electricity Decree]

This includes the regulations for the trade in, possession, construction and use or operation of transmitting and receiving equipment. These rules promote efficient use of frequency space.

This means that the Authority for Digital Infrastructure ensures that transmitting and receiving equipment causes as little interference as possible on other devices. Conversely, equipment must also be sufficiently resistant to interference from other devices. The Authority for Digital Infrastructure does this by assessing whether equipment can be admitted to the market and setting conditions for its use.

Radio Amateurs Decree BES

This includes the rules that radio amateurs must adhere to when using radio equipment.

Peripheral Equipment Decree BES

This decision contains rules for the trade in peripheral equipment and the technical requirements it must meet. The Authority for Digital Infrastructure does this by assessing whether equipment can be admitted to the market.

Shipping Telecommunications Decree BES

This includes rules that specifically apply to the construction, availability and use of telecommunications equipment on board ships and coastal stations.

Transmitter Authorisation Exemption Decree for Government Institutions BES 

The Royal Netherlands Navy, the Caribbean Coast Guard and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management do not require authorisation for the use of frequency space. This regulation regulates the frequency use by these government bodies.

Amateur radio examinations Regulation BES

These regulations contain provisions for the examinations for radio amateurs.

Maritime radiocommunication examinations Regulations BES

This regulation contains provisions for the examinations for maritime radio communication.

Telecommunication provision fees Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur BES 2022

This regulation contains provisions about fees that the agency asks for, for example, licences, exams, inspections, supervision and interference reports.

Telecommunication concession fees Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur BES 2015

This regulation contains provisions about fees that the agency charges for concessions.

Telecommunications Licence Exemption Regulation BES 2016

This exemption regulation sets out the conditions for the use of radio equipment for which no licence is required.