Changes to General Conditions and Universal Service Conditions
- Start: 24 February 2011
- Status: Statement published
- End: 07 April 2011
Ofcom has received a number of enquiries from stakeholders regarding the proposed scope of General Condition 4 ('GC4'). We consider it important to provide clarification on this issue as stakeholders may be considering taking action now in order to ensure that they meet the 25 May implementation deadline.
Stakeholders have raised queries that Ofcom intends the revised GC4 to apply to providers of an electronic communications service wider than those who provide a "public electronic communications service". In particular, there are questions whether it is Ofcom's intention that GC4 would apply to organisations that maintain a private communications network that is not available to the public, such as a company using a private branch exchange ('PBX') to route calls to and from its employees.
For clarification, it is Ofcom's proposal in the consultation that the modifications to GC4 will only apply to providers of a public electronic communications service, which Ofcom considers is apparent from a reading of the proposed modifications (including, for example, the amended definition of Communications Provider).