The Malta Communications Authority was established on 1st January 2001 and is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the various electronic communications sectors, which include fixed and mobile telephony, internet and TV distribution services. Furthermore, the Authority regulates the postal service and the eCommerce sector. Recently, the MCA has been assigned by the Government the task to administer the Web Accessibility Directive.
Its mission is to promote and safeguard a communications environment that is conducive to investment, innovation, economic growth and social well-being.
The Mission Statement reflects the MCA’s commitment to bringing forward all forms of communication under its legal mandate, given also that all of them constitute inter-related parts of the same eco-system.
The MCA’s Strategic Objectives are:
1. Promoting and safeguarding competition in the electronic communications sector.
2. Ensuring that electronic communications undertakings provide a transparent, value-for-money service to users while adhering to incumbent social obligations.
3. Contributing to the development and implementation of an electronic communications policy.
4. Maintaining open, safe and secure electronic communications.
5. Facilitating digital inclusion.
6. Maximising the potential of Radio Spectrum.
7. Facilitating the development of e-Commerce.
8. Supervising the provision of electronic signatures and trust services.
9. Safeguarding sustainable competition in the postal sector.
10. Ensuring that postal undertakings provide a transparent, value-for-money service to users while adhering to incumbent social obligations.
11. Contributing to the development and implementation of a postal policy.
12. Conducting research and facilitating innovation in the sectors under the MCA’s mandate.
These objectives are reviewed on an annual basis and fine-tuned or changed, if necessary, to maintain full consistency and currency with the MCA’s Mission and Mandate, in the context of the fast-changing environment in which it operates.