After the firm LATTELEKOM SIA’s special license to offer operations of state-established digital communication systems expired in 2003, the deregulation of Latvia’s telecommunications infrastructure services began. The Electronic Communications Law is the fundamental statutory legislation controlling the functioning of computer telecommunications systems and the offering of electronic communication facilities.

The Electronic Communications Department is responsible for managing radio frequency licenses, numbering resources, and overseeing the implementation and building of computerized communications systems.

The Latvian Telecom Code does not govern the material provided over digital communications channels. There are, nevertheless, rules in place for managing the material. The Consumer Rights Act and the Data Security Constitution both contain such regulations.

To be able to conduct the radio frequency tasks and provide the services in related filed one must obtain the electric communication license

License requirements

The public utilities commission’s special authorization is needed to deliver computerized communications net solutions. It’s possible to get it by submitting an authorization letter. The standard approval guidelines accompany the licensing letter—requirements linked to investments in public utility, details on the state charge, compulsory broadcast of tv programs, privacy laws, and other issues are included in these guidelines. The public utility board establishes these and publishes them in the official journal.

The Public Utilities Commission must grant permission for the following uses:

  1. the radio wave spectrum; 
  2. the numbering. 

An appeal to the authorities can be made to receive such approvals. The public utility committee must decide within six weeks of the date on which the application for radio frequency spectrum authorization was submitted, or the support of the numbers must be completed within three weeks.

Furthermore, the successful candidate of the bids or auction is needed to acquire a radio frequency task utilization license from the electronic communications department. A data protection license from the state data examination is also necessary.

Before establishing and developing digital communication system services, the electronic communications department must issue setup and development certificates.

The public utility council grants authorization for the utilization of the wireless spectrum for one, five, or ten years. The Public Utilities Agency’s authorization for the employment of the electromagnetic frequency range or numbering is entitled to a yearly fee that cannot exceed 0.2 percent of the operator’s net revenue in the past year.

Registration for the provision of electronic communications services

This public authentication enabled legal individuals and corporate bodies to offer digital communication systems, electrical communications assistance, or systems and facilities under the terms and requirements outlined in this permit, as well as other conditions and duties outlined in the electronic communications ordinance that apply to the system or service in question.

Conditions of Authorizations 

To obtain a license, it is important to ensure network and service compliance with technical regulations and safety requirements. The undertaking is responsible for ensuring that the network system, activities, and related infrastructure comply with channel and service technical norms and conditions. Moreover, personal information safety and confidentiality must be practiced. Finally, state fees must be paid when submitting a registration request.

For those electromagnetic frequency spectrums that are listed in the public access license on the circumstances stated there, the utilization of range without the permission of authorities is permitted.

Transfer of license 

The licenses to utilize the electromagnetic frequency airwaves or the numbering may be transferable to another market player with the approval of the public utility board. Restrictions of transmission may already be defined in the authorization’s standards. The public utilities commission’s regulations contain the request form and transference criteria.

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