Telecommunications

20.09.2017

PF “Civil Initiative on Internet Policy” (CIIP) contributes in promoting legal and regulatory reforms in the field of ICTs policy, human rights and mass media, ensuring transparent and predictable regulation, competition and free access to information resources and telecommunication services, as well as combating corruption by formation of transparent radio-frequency management.

The main challenges in the sphere of ICTs and telecommunications are connected with:

  • Constant emergence of various initiatives on excessive, or vice versa, on obviously insufficient legal regulation of the sphere;
  • Transition of the Kyrgyz Republic to digital broadcasting;
  • Necessity in implementation of effective transparent radio-frequency management by the regulator in communications sphere.

The CIIP team’s efforts focus on creation of effective legal instruments to regulate the telecommunications sphere.

Due to the Kyrgyzstan’s transition to digital television broadcasting in 2013-2015, the CIIP actively participated in discussions and development of changes in the laws on “Electric and Mail Communication”, “Licensing and Permits System in the Kyrgyz Republic”, “TV and Radio Broadcasting”, which later was adopted.

In 2014 the Government initiated changes in the law on communications, introducing the term “cross-border connection”, which meant that connection with any international operator has to be only through KyrgyzTelecom networks. Mobilizing efforts of telecom operators’ community and experts in this sphere, the CIIP facilitated blocking the given initiative of the Government on transferring rights of the international traffic termination to the national operator.

The CIIP blocked the appeared initiative of telecom operators on prohibiting features of a voice communication (calls) via WhatsApp and Viber mobile applications in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic. After WhatsApp introduced free voice calls in May 2015, the telecom operators reached an informal agreement among themselves on blocking voice calls via these applications because the revenues of telecom operators were sharply reduced.

In addition, CIIP has repeatedly prevented attempts of the Government to define responsibility of telecom operators for the Internet content.