Background

The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) is an autonomous government agency established as per the provisions of the Information, Communications and Media Act of Bhutan 2018.

BICMA is a converged regulatory body responsible for the regulation of Information, Communications and Media sector in Bhutan. Its main mandates are:

 

♦Licensing and enforcement of cable TV, broadcast media, printing presses, publications, ICT facility and service;

♦Enabling a secure, efficient and reliable delivery of ICT and Media services at affordable prices;

♦Managing access to the radio-frequency spectrum and monitoring their usage;

♦Support the continuous technological advancement to improve the standards of information, communications and media;

♦Facilitate the establishment of an integrated, efficient and high quality ICT infrastructure in the country;

♦Maintain a dynamic and progressive regulatory system to promote market development, manage competitions while protecting consumers and other users;

♦Improve and monitor the choice content available in the media including news, current affairs, religious knowledge, art, culture, science, technology, social sector concerns, music, sports, drama and other subjects of public and national interest;

♦Set appropriate technical standards and rules to ensure interoperability, efficient use of radio spectrum and telephone numbers.

 

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