Secure communications

Society is becoming increasingly dependent upon properly functioning and secure electronic communications. PTS is working to ensure that this is achieved and retained via its activities in areas such as robustness and user security and privacy.

Robustness and good functionality

For an IT society it is fundamental that the infrastructure, networks and exchange points function and are protected against interruption, sabotage and other incidents. PTS continuously conducts work aimed at enhancing the robustness of the networks. This to date has meant that PTS has been involved in and funded alternative connections for fibre networks for data traffic, mobile base stations for mobile networks, reserve power plants and underground shelters for the most important exchange points for the telecommunications networks and the Internet. The authority has also been a driving force in the work to create and participate in collaboration between the power and telecommunications sectors and between private and public stakeholders.

PTS’s work concerning secure communications also involves supervision under the Electronic Communications Act. The authority may, for instance, require that all networks for electronic communications, for example networks for fixed and mobile telephony, should satisfy reasonable requirements for good functionality and security.

User’s security and privacy

Increasing numbers of private people are using the Internet for commerce and to reach the services that are offered on the Web at the same time as mobile telephones can to an increasing extent be used for advanced services. The willingness to use these new opportunities and services may be impeded by inadequacies in the protection of security and privacy. One important component of enhancing security on the Internet is well-informed and aware users. PTS has consequently taken initiatives to inform consumers about these areas.

Furthermore, supervision is conducted in this area to verify that the stakeholders in the market comply with the legal provisions concerning protection of privacy. This supervision comprises for example dealing with complaints received, inspections and follow up of demands imposed.