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Tasks of the President of UKE

The provisions of the Telecommunications law act of 16 July 2004 (OJ No 171, item 1800) specify that communications administrative bodies, i.e. the minister responsible for communications (currently the Minister of Transportation) and the President of the Office of Electronic Communications (President of UKE) conduct a regulatory policy, having regard in particular to:

1) promoting competition in the provision of telecommunications networks, associated facilities or the provision of telecommunications services, including:

  • ensuring that users, including disabled users, derive maximum benefit in terms of choice, price, and quality,
  • ensuring that there is no distortion or restriction of competition (in the telecommunications market),
  • efficient investment in infrastructure and promoting innovation,
  • encouraging efficient use and effective management of radio frequencies and numbering,

2)  encouraging the development of the internal market, including:

  • removing remaining obstacles to conducting telecommunications activity,
  • encouraging the establishment and development of trans-European networks and the interoperability of pan-European services,
  • ensuring that there is no discrimination in the treatment of telecommunications undertakings,
  • cooperation with other regulatory authorities in the Member States and with the European Commission aimed at the consistent implementation and application of legal provisions,

3)  promoting the interests of the citizens of the European Union, including:

  • ensuring that all citizens have access to universal service,
  • ensuring a high level of protection for consumers in their dealings with the telecommunications undertaking, in particular by ensuring the availability of simple and inexpensive dispute resolution procedures carried out by a body that is independent of the parties involved,
  • encouraging a high level of personal data protection,
  • the provision of information on established prices and conditions for using publicly available telecommunications services,
  • addressing the needs of specific social groups, in particular disabled users,
  • ensuring the integrity and security of the public telecommunications network,

4) implementation of policies aimed at the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as media pluralism;

5) ensuring technological neutrality of adopted legal standards.

  

According to the Telecommunications law act, the scope of the President’s of the Office of Electronic Communications activities covers in particular:

  • duties related to the regulation and monitoring of telecommunications services markets, the management of frequency resources, orbital resources and numbering resources as well as the monitoring of compliance with the requirements of electromagnetic compatibility, provided for by the act and provisions issued in pursuance thereof,
  • tasks related to the regulation of the postal activity as specified in the act of 22 November 2012 – Postal law,
  • drafting legal acts indicated by the minister responsible for communications, within the scope of communications,
  • analysis and assessment of the operation of the telecommunications and postal services markets,
  • intervention in matters related to the functioning of the market of telecommunications and postal services as well as the apparatus market, including the telecommunications equipment market, on its own initiative or brought to its attention by the parties concerned, in particular by users and telecommunications undertakings, including the making of decisions on these matters within the scope provided for by the present Act,
  • resolution of disputes between telecommunications undertakings within the competencies of the President of UKE,
  • ruling on the professional qualifications in telecommunications laid down in separate legal provisions,
  • creating conditions for the development of domestic radiocommunication services by securing the necessary frequency assignments for Poland and access to orbital resources,
  • duties related to national defence, security and public order,
  • maintaining registers within the scope specified by the act,
  • co-ordination of frequency reservations in the frequency ranges allocated to entities referred to in paragraph 4 of the act, in particular within frequency ranges freed by them or made newly available or shared with other users,
  • inspiring and supporting scientific research as well as research and development work in the field of communications,
  • co-operation with national and international telecommunications and postal organisations and competent foreign national authorities, within the competencies of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications,
  • co-operation with the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection in matters related to the protection of rights of the entities using postal and telecommunications services, as well as to the counteraction of competition-restricting practices and anti-competitive concentrations of postal operators, telecommunications undertaking and their groups,
  • co-operation with the National Broadcasting Council within the scope specified by the act and separate legal provisions,
  • fulfilling tasks related to international and Community telecommunications policy on behalf of the minister responsible for communications,
  • co-operation with the European Commission and Community institutions as well as the regulatory authorities of other Member States,
  • presenting information on telecommunications to the European Commission and the regulatory authorities in other Member States, including notification obligations with respect to the provisions referred to in Article 23.3 of the act, and information on telecommunications undertakings which have been designated as holding significant market power, undertakings providing universal service and implementing interconnection as well as on obligations imposed on them,
  • consultations with the parties concerned, in particular with the operators, service providers, users, consumers and manufacturers in matters related to the coverage, availability and quality of telecommunications services,
  • presenting information on posts to the European Commission, including data concerning the universal service operator, information on the methods in which detailed and up-to-date information on the nature of offered services, access conditions, prices and indicators of a timely delivery is made available to the users of universal postal service, information on cost accounting models used by the universal postal operator, and at the request of the European Commission, information on adopted indicators for a timely delivery regarding universal postal service in the domestic traffic.

The President of the Office of Electronic Communications submits to the minister responsible for communications an annual report on its activities in the preceding year, by 30 April at the latest, and transmits information on its activities upon request of that minister.

On the basis of information obtained form telecommunications undertakings the President of the Office of Electronic Communications by 30 April at the latest publishes a report on the status of the telecommunications market for the preceding year, taking account of activities in favour of the protection of telecommunications users’ interests, as well as the President presents the regulatory objectives for a given year.

  

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    INTRODUCTION
    The President of the Office of Electronic Communications (President of UKE) is the national regulatory authority for the market of telecommunications and postal services. The President of UKE is also the specialised authority in the area of equipment conformity assessment, including telecommunications terminal equipment and radio equipment.

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    INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY
    Here you can find information about the most import ant international events, significant for the development of telecommunications and postal markets In Poland and for the statutory activity of the Office of Electronic Communications.
    International activity of the President of UKE consists of, inter alia, cooperation with the European Commission, other EU institutions and Regulatory Authorities of EU Member State. It includes also the cooperation within organizations of which UKE is a member, i.e. the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Body for European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the European Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP).


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    CONTACT
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