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(1) Public telecom service operators shall use open architecture designs that facilitate interconnection of systems and inter-operation.

(2) Unless otherwise exempted by the) Authority and subject to interconnection agreement between the operator and the value added service provider, all operators shall permit unhindered passage of registered value added service within their communications systems and shall not intentionally interfere with such passage.

(3) Sub-regulation (2) includes the universal recognition of prepaid calling cards in all public telephones of operators.

(4) The access described in sub-regulations (2) and (3) may be denied on grounds of technical data, national security and public safety and the grounds for the denial of access shall be communicated to the value added service operator.