BIPT is the federal regulatory body responsible for regulating the electronic communications market, the postal market, the electromagnetic spectrum of radio frequencies and the radio and television broadcasting in the Brussels-Capital Region.
In practice, BIPT is notably empowered to:
- foster competition;
- contribute to developing the domestic market;
- protect the users’ interests in general and to verify the right to the social tariff;
- as the regulator of the postal market, monitor the rates and the quality of the services of bpost and grant licences to new entrants in the postal market;
- distribute radio frequencies in order to ensure an efficient use and to continuously monitor radio waves to put an end to harmful interference. BIPT also organises examinations for certified users (such as radio amateurs).
BIPT can take decisions, impose sanctions, and launch consultations and studies. The Institute cooperates with national and European regulatory bodies.
The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) was established in 1991 as a parastatal agency and was invested with its own status by the Act of 17 January 2003 (only available in French or Dutch).