National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) adopts the role of the State to regulate the Information and Communications industry after privatization and application of free market mechanisms. Consequently, the NTC assumes the following pivotal roles:
- Conserving State economic benefits by optimizing resources exploitation.
- Conserving State social benefits by the deployment of services to all with affordable prices and appropriate quality.
- Regulating the market through pertinent laws and legislations and building a conducive competitive environment to sustain affordability, creativity and innovation and to encourage investment.
- Realizing State policy to establish the Information State and implementing the millennium goals.
- Utilizing new technologies to fulfill market demands and enhance price affordability and quality.
- Meet the demands of the inevitable integration with the Media (broadcast & TV).
- Managing the exploitation of radio spectrum, national backbone networks, numbering and other scarce resources.
The services of the ICT sector that are directly sponsored by NTC have direct and vital impact on all stakeholders (State social and economic sectors, civil society and private business). Therefore, NTC considers her regulatory decisions and mandates that affect those services and shall have a straight effect on stakeholders’ benefits and goals, have to be adopted with due and judicious consideration of stakeholders’ objectives. Public consultation process, then, is mandatory for NTC to issue orders and decisions within her range of responsibilities. Such public consultations are a valuable addition to NTC’s regulatory responsibilities. Understanding the impact of NTC decisions on stakeholders’ benefits shall check NTC decisions and justify why such decisions should be taken.