CITC consults on interconnection, access to physical facilities guidelines

12 Nov 2014

Saudi Arabian telecoms regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has opened a public consultation on draft Interconnection Guidelines and new Guidelines for Access to Physical Facilities. The watchdog highlighted that the decision was taken in order to reflect ‘the technological and market developments in ICT since the current Interconnection Guidelines were issued in 2003’. The CITC said that the updated Guidelines for Access to Physical Facilities will establish rules governing access to physical facilities, including collocation and sharing of physical facilities; provide a framework for access to physical facilities and networks in a technologically neutral manner; foster investment in and deployment of next generation networks (NGN); and establish a process for dealing with access disputes, among other things. The draft Interconnection Guidelines, meanwhile, seek to ensure that all service providers are treated fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect to the provision of interconnection services, to ensure good practice with respect to interconnection services between service providers and to promote the provision of high quality services for interconnection through technical and economic efficiency. The CITC has invited all interested parties to provide their feedback on the draft documents by 2 February 2015.

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC)