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Postal And Telecommunications Act
Act 4/2000, 3/2001 (s. 48), 22/2001 (s. 4), 14/2002 (s. 18), 6/2005(s. 19)
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
- Short title and date of commencement.
ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS ANDPOWERS OFPOSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY
- Establishment of Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe.
- Functions and powers of Authority.
POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY BOARD
- Establishment of Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe Board.
- Constitution of Board.
- Terms of office and conditions of service of members.
- Disqualifications for appointment as member.
- Vacation of office by member.
- Dismissal or suspension of members.
- Filling of vacancies on Board.
- Chairman and vice-chairman of Board.
- Meetings and procedure of Board.
- Committees of Board.
- Remuneration and expenses of members of Board and members of committees.
- Members of Board and committees to disclose certain connections and interests.
- Validity of decisions and acts of Board.
- Minutes of proceedings of Board and committees.
- Funds of Authority.
- Surplus funds of Authority to be appropriated to Universal Service Fund.
- Financial year of Authority.
- Accounts of Authority.
- Audit of Authority’s accounts.
- Powers of auditors.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO AUTHORITY
- Minister may give policy directions.
- Minister may direct Board to reverse, suspend or rescind its decisions or actions.
- Execution of contracts and instruments by Authority.
- Reports of Authority.
- Director-General and other employees of Authority.
- Exemption from liability for Authority.
- Cellular telecommunication licence.
- Postal licence.
- Radio station licence.
- Telecommunication licence.
- Private telecommunication licence.
- Persons disqualified to be licensed.
- Application for and issue and publication or refusal of licence.
- Terms and conditions of licence.
- Form and period of validity of licence.
- Register of licences.
- Renewal of licence and annual licence fees.
- Amendment of licence.
- Suspension, cancellation and enforcement of licences.
- Powers of Authority in connection with radio station licences.
- Licensee to inform Authority of changes.
- Transfer of licences prohibited.
- Frequency bids.
- Postal licensees to comply with licence and regulations.
- Money orders and postal orders.
- Delivery of postal articles.
- Posting boxes.
- Provision of postage stamps.
- Official marks to beprima facie evidence of certain facts denoted.
- Recovery of postage and other sums due in respect of postal services.
- Undeliverable postal articles.
- Restriction on opening of postal articles.
- Detention and examination of postal articles.
- Exclusion of liability of postal licensees.
TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES AND SYSTEMS
- Interpretation in Part VIII.
- Telecommunication licensees to comply with licence and regulations.
- Interconnection between telecommunication licensees.
- Approval of telecommunication apparatus.
- Special provisions relating to telecommunication licensees operating telecommunication systems.
- Use of certain conduits for telecommunication purposes.
- Notice of construction of railways and electricity works and control of other works.
- Provision of facilities for radiocommunication.
- Authority to approve sites of radio transmitting stations, allocate frequencies, etc.
- Approval of Authority required for establishment and working of radio transmitting stations, etc.
- Disposal of certain radio transmitting stations or radio apparatus to be authorised.
- Certain dealers and repairers to be authorised.
- Certificates of competency required in respect of the working of certain radio stations.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND
- Interpretation in Part X.
- Establishment and vesting of Universal Service Fund.
- Objects of Fund.
- Moneys of Fund.
- Contributions to Fund.
- Holding of Fund.
- Financial year of Fund.
- Accounts and audit of Fund.
- Forgery of stamps and money orders, etc.
- Offences in relation to postage stamps and post marks.
- Offences in relation to mails or postal articles.
- Theft of and tampering with mail.
- Restricted and prohibited postal articles and transmission or use of dangerous substances.
- Offence of unauthorised notice as to reception of letters, etc.
- Trespass in or upon post offices or telephone exchanges.
- False entries relatingto mail and fraudulent use of official mark.
- Offensive or false telephone messages.
- Wilful damage to or interference with telecommunication lines.
- False declarations.
- Offences by employees and other persons.
- Sufficiency of allegations in indictment.
- Authority required for institution of certain criminal proceedings.
- Emergency and universal service obligations of certain licensees.
- Evidence in proceedings for recovery of fees due.
- Interception of communications.
- Regulatory powers of Minister 100. Approval of tariffs by Authority.
- Recovery of fees and contributions.
- Proceedings on failure of Authority to comply with Act or direction.
- Disclosure of confidential information and use of information acquired by inspectors, etc., for personal gain.
TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, AMENDMENTS, REPEALS ANDSAVINGS
- Interpretation in Part XIII.
- Formation of successor companies and exclusive reservation of certain postal and telecommunication services to the Corporation and the appropriate successor company.
- Initial shareholding in successor company.
- Transfer of assets and liabilities of Corporation to successor company.
- Issue of securities in consideration for transfer of assets.
- Conversion of loans transferred to successor company.
- Transfer of employees to successor company and Authority and conditions of service of transferred employees.
- Minister may give directions to Corporation.
- Successor company deemed to be licensed.
First Schedule: Classification of radio stations.
Second Schedule: Ancillary powers of Authority.
Third Schedule: Rights, powers and duties of telecommunication licensees operating telecommunication systems.
AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Postal and Telecommunications Authority and to provide for its functions and management; to provide for the licensing and regulation of cellular telecommunication, postal and telecommunication services; to amend the Broadcasting Act
[Chapter 12:01]; to provide for the repeal of the Postal and Telecommunication Services Act
[Chapter 12:02], the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation Act [Chapter 12:03] and the Radiocommunication Services Act [Chapter 12:04]; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
[Dates of commencement: 1st September, 2000