CODES OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTIONS
—(1) The Authority may issue or approve and, from time to time, review codes of practice and standards of performance in connection with —
the operation of telecommunication systems and equipment;
the provision of telecommunication services; and
the conduct of telecommunication licensees in the provision of telecommunication services.
(2) If any provision in any code of practice or standard of performance issued or approved by the Authority is inconsistent with any regulations made under this Act, such provision shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, either have effect subject to such regulation or, where appropriate, having regard to such regulation, shall not have effect.
(3) The Authority may exempt, either generally or for such time as the Authority may specify, any telecommunication licensee from any provision in any code of practice or standard of performance.
(4) Every telecommunication licensee shall comply with the relevant codes of practice and standards of performance.
—(1) The Authority may give directions to be observed by telecommunication licensees —
to ensure the reliability of the provision of any telecommunication service to the public;
to ensure the technical compatibility and safety of operation of any equipment or telecommunication system;
to ensure fair and efficient market conduct by telecommunication licensees; or
in the public interest.
(2) A direction under subsection (1) —
shall require the telecommunication licensee concerned (according to the circumstances of the case) to do, or not to do, such things as are specified in the direction or are of a description as specified therein;
shall take effect at such time, being the earliest practicable time, as is determined by or under that direction; and
may be revoked at any time by the Authority.
(3) Before giving a direction to any telecommunication licensee under subsection (1), the Authority shall, unless the Authority in respect of any particular direction considers that it is not practicable or desirable, give notice —
stating that the Authority proposes to make the direction and setting out its effect; and
specifying the time within which representations or objections to the proposed direction may be made,
and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made.
(4) Any telecommunication licensee who is aggrieved by any direction of the Authority under subsection (1) may, within 14 days after the licensee is served with the direction, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(5) Every telecommunication licensee shall comply with every direction of the Authority given to the licensee under this section.
—(1) The Authority may make written advisory guidelines about any aspect of telecommunications.
(2) Advisory guidelines, for example, may be made about —
any matter in respect of which codes of practice and standards of performance may be made under section 26;
the use, construction, design or performance of anything;
interference with radio-communications; or
frequency allocation and co-ordination.
(3) The Authority must —
give a copy of each advisory guideline it makes to the Minister; and
publish each advisory guideline in the way it thinks fit.