The President of the Office of Electronic Communications introduces new principles of the Certification Programme of the President of UKE. Currently, the programme covers four categories: Safe Internet, No Barriers, Senior and Offer Comparison Website.
The programme for the certification of telecommunications services conducted by the President of UKE is aimed at promoting fair and effective competition in the provision of telecommunications services and ensuring the best possible protection for users against fraud. Changes made in the regulations are intended to simplify the procedures for obtaining the Certificate of the President of UKE, and thus to increase interest in participation in this Programme.
Categories of certificates
Certification of telecommunications services in the Safe Internet category is designed primarily to encourage the activities of telecommunications undertakings to ensure the safety of network users, including, above all, children and young people and to improve the quality of services provided. In this way, the President of UKE wants to draw attention of all users to the problem of their safety in the network and to create the need to use the tools available on the market that can provide the highest possible level of protection against crime in the network.
The certificate in the No Barriers category is a response to the need for equal opportunities and increasing the activity of persons with disabilities in access to telecommunications services, while certificate in the Senior category is to meet similar needs of the elderly. The purpose of both certificates is to create a special service, including a commercial offer, for those people and to improve the qualifications, skills and efficiency of functioning in the telecommunications services market. In this manner, the elderly and persons with disabilities will be able to benefit from new technologies and cheaper forms of communications.
Websites comparing offers of telecommunications services which will provide their services in a reliable, transparent and comprehensive manner, may be granted the Certificate of the President of UKE in the Offer Comparison Website category. Through the accreditation activities of comparison sites, the President of UKE aims to increase the availability of information on offers, thereby creating the opportunity for consumers to make the best choice from among the available services. Moreover, these activities are designed to encourage operators to formulate the most transparent offers and to support equal and effective competition in the telecommunications services market.
Principles of the Programme
The Certification Programme of the President of UKE may be joined by all entities which comply with the conditions specified by the President of UKE for the given category of the Programme. The application process and the conditions of participation are specified in detail in the accompanying Regulations for each category.
Applications may be submitted by 30 September of each year preceding the year for which the certificate is to be granted (e.g. in order to obtain a certificate for the year 2014, an application must be submitted by 30 September 2013). The application will be considered within 90 days upon its submission at the latest. After positive verification of the application, the Applicant will be notified of the fact immediately and invited for the official Certificate of the President of UKE award ceremony.
The Certificate is granted for the period of one calendar year. The Certificate can be extended for another year. For this purpose, the entity concerned should submit the application one more time until 30 September of the year preceding the year for which the certificate is to be prolonged, along with a set of required documentation and a report on its activities related to the Certificate for the previous year.
Certificates for 2013
In 2013, which is a transition period for new principles, the applications can be submitted by the end of February 2013. After their consideration and favourable opinion, the Certificate will be granted in May the same year, valid until the end of 2013. In order to extend the period of its validity for the year 2014, it is necessary to re-apply until 30 September 2013.
How to apply
A completed application form for the Certificate may be submitted by e-mail, post, fax or in person.