Registration Forms for General Authorizations

Most regulators have developed standard forms for applying or registering for a general authorization.   The type of information that must be provided in the registration form differs from country to country, although most regulators ask for the particulars of the operator-applicant, including contact information; information about the corporate ownership structure of the operator; and details about the nature of service that the operator-applicant proposes to provide.  The licence applications and registration notices in Iceland, Malaysia, and Singapore are all examples of forms that require this type of information.  The Malaysian registration form must be accompanied by a completed checklist that is signed and dated by the registrant.

The registration forms of Ireland, Sweden, and Finland are shorter than those of Iceland, Malaysia, and Singapore.  Ireland, Sweden, and Finland only require the minimum amount of information necessary to register the operator and to ascertain what types of services are provided by the operator and when the operator will begin providing services

The Canadian application for a basic international services  telecommunications (“BITS”) licence is in affidavit form.  The affidavit must set out the particulars of the licence applicant, including the applicant’s legal name and any other names under which the applicant conducts business, the applicant’s jurisdiction of incorporation, the applicant’s mailing address, and contact information for the applicant’s Response Manager.  The affidavit must also contain a statement concerning particular characteristics of the applicant’s operations.  This affidavit must be sworn by a senior officer of the applicant.    

The general authorization application process in developing and transitional economies frequently involves a careful and detailed assessment of the applicant.  Where competition is not yet sufficiently robust to protect consumer interests, where the regulatory regime may still be maturing, and/or where other concerns exist (e.g., national security), it is necessary to scrutinize applicants carefully.  Regulators have an interest in ensuring that an applicant can actually provide the services it proposes to offer since the applicant’s subsequent failure to do so may cause serious disruptions for consumers.  Additionally, there may be other national legislation impacting the eligibility to provide ICT services in the country such as restrictions on foreign ownership.  Regulators may be required to ensure that licensed service providers comply with any such legislation.  Thus, the application process may require applicants to submit a variety of detailed information to address these and other concerns.

As a result of the aforementioned considerations in developing and transitional economies, applicants are often required to provide information about the applicant’s financial, operational, and technical abilities to deliver the licensed services, in addition to basic information about the applicant, its corporate structure, and its directors.   Applicants are usually required to provide information about their affiliates, particularly any affiliate that also provides ICT services.  Typically, applicants must also submit information about their current service offerings and their proposed services offerings.  The licensing application forms in these cases are accordingly quite detailed.  The St. Lucian and Jordanian Class Licence application forms are examples of forms that require the provision of extensive information about the applicant.

One of the more recent innovations in applications and registrations for class licences is the ability to make such applications and registrations on-line.  In Singapore, Canada, and Ireland, for example, operators may register for class licences on-line.  In Finland, operators must use an on-line notification system in order to file their telecommunications notifications for general authorizations. 

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