Cabecera Acuático

Control and Supervision

The General Directorate for Control and Supervision of Communications (DGCSC, Dirección General de Control y Supervisión de Comunicaciones) is a nation-wide line agency that is in charge of controlling and supervising communication activities and the provision of communication services. It is empowered to sanction, within its competence, as well as to ensure proper use of the radio spectrum. It is also in charge of a National Radio Spectrum Management and Control System. This system, which also includes “fixed stations,” “remote stations,” “mobile stations” and “portable equipment,” provides the infrastructure required to verify proper use of the radio spectrum in accordance with national standards and recommendations by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing effective and efficient action against broadcasts from illegal stations.


Its functions include:


  • Controlling radio spectrum usage.
  • Inspecting and monitoring communications services.
  • Conducting technical controls of radio emissions in order to identify, locate and remove harmful interferences, irregularities and disturbances of communications systems.
  • Imposing corrective actions in communications services.
  • Assessing and deciding the commencement of sanctioning procedures, handling the instruction phase, as well as determining and applying sanctions, additional or ancillary measures, within the field of communication services and activities.
  • Judging, at second administrative instance, the appeals corresponding to it.
  • Adopting and implementing any precautionary measures, within its scope of responsibility.
  • Certifying telecommunications equipment and devices.
  • Dealing with queries from users regarding certification procedures.
  • Certifying non-ionizing radiation measurement equipment.
  • Establishing, demanding and controlling compliance with financial obligations resulting from sanctions applied to natural persons and/or legal entities that violate communications regulations.
  • Organizing and supervising management of the National Radio Spectrum Management and Control System.
  • Preparing and approving technical standards and guidelines.
  • General Coordination of Communications Monitoring and Inspections
    • Controlling and supervising the radio spectrum
    • Locating and monitoring illegal stations.
  • Supervising compliance with maximum permissible limits for non-ionizing radiation.
  • General Certification Coordination.
  • Certifying telecommunications equipment and/or devices that are connected to the public network.
  • Certifying (antenna) transmission system, mobile stations (mobile phones), private remote service devices, and/or telecommunications devices.
  • Certifying telecommunications equipment and/or devices for broadcasting service and public service that use the radio spectrum.
  • Certifying private stations and communication servers for transmission of data, voice, and added value that are connected to the public network.
  • Certifying non-ionizing radiation measurement equipment.
  • Renewing the certification of non-ionizing radiation measurement equipment.