Seychelles Communications Bill 2020

Seychelles has gazetted the Communications Bill 2020 which seeks to repeal and replace the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act, 2000. The Bill seeks to consolidate and revise the . law relating to broadcasting and electronic communications to bring the law in line with international best practices.

One of the most important provisions is the establishment of the Seychelles Communications Regulatory Authority (SCRA), the first body of its kind in the Seychelles. The SCRA has wide powers and responsibilities and will be responsible for the enforcement of the Bill. Further, the SCRA plays an advisory role to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the drafting of national policy regulating the sector. Finally, the SCRA will maintain fair competition in the market, establish and enforce a tariff system of licensees and promote technical standardisation for electronic communications and broadcasting equipment.

One of the more important functions of the SCRA is to plan, design, implement and monitor the universal access service fund. In this regard, the SCRA will assist the DICT in developing the Universal Service Policy to promote the availability of electronic communications services and broadcasting services for underserved groups in the Seychelles.

In addition, the Bill contains provisions on consumer protection, data protection, complaints procedures, allocation of spectrum, privacy of communications, interconnection of communications operators and access to communications infrastructure.

The Bill is still in the White Paper stage and is open for public comment until 15 May 2020.

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