The purpose of this Code is to bring together a wide range of advice and guidance on agreed best practice in the establishment and maintenance of resilience within telecommunications networks and services, for those Communications Providers which are considered to be part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), either because of the scale of their operations or because they provide key services to other parts of the CNI.
The Code has been drawn up by the industry in conjunction with government and is voluntary in character. Some parts of this Code are taken from the former “Essential Requirements Guidelines” published by Oftel in October 20011.
However, this new Code does not represent regulatory guidance. In particular, it does not seek to clarify compliance with current UK regulation relating to Fixed Publicly Available Telephone Services, since such services are provided by a wider group of Communications Providers than form part of the CNI. However, and for the avoidance of doubt, the voluntary code is relevant to both fixed and mobile providers and networks.