New law signed to establish independent regulator this month

4 Jan 2006

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has signed a new Telecom Law to establish an independent regulator, the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan (TRAA). To create the new body, existing regulator the Telecoms Regulatory Board (TRB) has been merged with the State Radio Inspection Department (SRID), previously part of the Ministry of Communications (MoC). The TRAA will be solely responsible for all regulatory functions in the telecom sector, including licensing, compliance, spectrum planning and assignment, numbering, ensuring network interconnection, promoting competition and consumer protection, whilst the MoC will take a policy-making role. The TRAA is due to formally commence operations by the middle of this month, once its budget has been approved by the Ministry of Finance.