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.
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).
This decision regulates who the supervisors are for the Wtv BES.
This includes the regulations for telecommunications cables (including submarine cables) and cable television.
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.
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.
This includes the rules that radio amateurs must adhere to when using radio equipment.
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.
This includes rules that specifically apply to the construction, availability and use of telecommunications equipment on board ships and coastal stations.
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.
These regulations contain provisions for the examinations for radio amateurs.
This regulation contains provisions for the examinations for maritime radio communication.
This regulation contains provisions about fees that the agency asks for, for example, licences, exams, inspections, supervision and interference reports.
This regulation contains provisions about fees that the agency charges for concessions.
This exemption regulation sets out the conditions for the use of radio equipment for which no licence is required.