The community's interest
Being a multi-sectoral supervisor, the BT&P supervises providers of products and services that operate in the various market sectors. By absorbing knowledge from these various market sectors, a multi-sectoral supervisor is better capable to adequately anticipate technological and other developments and challenges in these sectors. This way, it can become an important party for the government (the regulator) and for the consumer (the end user). The multi-sectoral supervisor also eliminates overlapping of supervision by operators with various types of concessions (as is often the case in the telecommunication sector) and it improves consistency in the approach and regulation of supervision of the different markets which have one thing in common: these are network sectors. In case of multiple supervisors, overlapping and lack of consistency might turn out to be inefficient and problematic for the operators, for the government as regulatory body an eventually, for the consumer.
With the current tasks as a point of departure, the primary objective for BT&P as supervisor is to promote practical care for telecommunication and post in terms of social and economic interests, and also a practical supply of water, electricity and fuels. In other words, the BT&P has for its purpose to increase proper functioning of the communication and utilities sectors. Based on this, BT&P is a multi-sectoral supervisor: it conducts supervision on various market sectors.
In order to realize the primary purpose referred to above, BT&P shall also (be required to) pursue other, additional goals in its daily practice, such as preventing breakdowns, maintaining a high-quality infrastructure, warranting effective links between networks, non-discrimination, efficiency and transparency in determining rates, proper compliance with the conditions of the concession, solving disputes where these may occur and serving the interests of the end user in general. This is why the BT&P safeguards public interest by ultimately pursuing proper operation of the above mentioned market sectors. Among other things, it does so as follows:
- supervising the parties in the market of the communication and utility sector, based on the provisions of the law;
- developing policy frameworks and implementing the policy frameworks adopted by the government;
- settling disputes between market parties in the telecommunication sector;
- maintaining important principles (such as non-discrimination, transparency and cost orientation in determining the rates);
- representing the country internationally;
- preparing concessions, licenses and authorizations;
- technically testing and inspecting fixed telecommunication installations;
- monitoring networks and allowing peripheral equipment;
- distributing and monitoring frequencies;
- inspecting broadcasting locations, registering the used frequencies and mapping out the locations to simplify further frequency measurements and prevent breakdowns;
- awarding frequencies for mobile telephony, including “repeater” and “trunking”, limited coastal stations, “air to ground”, “point to multi point” (WIFI) connections, microwave connections, fixed and mobile connections for both television and radio broadcasting, broadcasting frequencies and mobile telephone connections like GSM900, GSM1800, CDMA and UMTS;
- consulting with the applicants of microwave connections regarding their connection and the possible frequencies they might use for this;
- checking the frequencies used with the users, from a distance through the fixed monitoring station, with p-t-p connection (for example STL – broadcast and microwave) with mobile equipment and as such, combating omissions in the own files and incorrect settings of the equipment of the user;
- assisting DROV with the supervision on the policy of the masts by inspecting base stations that are to be constructed and rendering advice regarding these locations and the height of the masts that are to be built;
- testing and inspecting mobile telecommunication installations such as portable radios and low capacity equipment under the “short range devices” regulations and which may be sold free from authorization;
- providing support to holders of concessions and authorizations to remedy breakdowns for the benefit of the use of frequencies by the public;
- granting approval certificates for broadcasting, radiotelephone structures for stations on ships;
- conducting maritime radio communication exams;
- issuing and managing telephone numbers;
- dealing with complaints from consumers and disputes between concession holders;
- stimulating telecommunication projects intended for the community as a whole;
- maintaining the telecommunication and postal prescriptions regarding the quality of services;
- safeguarding the quality of the provision of service in the utility sectors;
- testing rate structures and rate adjustments for telecommunication, water, electricity, and fuels against the requirements in terms of reasonableness, fairness and efficiency;
- advising the government on all of the above.
Advising the government pertains to both general and specific aspects of market organization and market regulation of the sectors that the BT&P is active in. The latter category, for example, includes advice on the height of the rates and advice on the granting of concessions, licenses and authorizations and the frequency and numbers policy.
Finally, within the scope of its sponsorship and donations policies, the BT&P also contributes to social projects within the community. However, the BT&P specifically focuses its policies on sponsorship and donations on projects and sports that are aimed at a healthy development of the youth of Curaçao.