CHAPTER I General Provisions Article 1º Scope and objectives 1. This law regulates the definition of the bases for the establishment, management and exploitation of telecommunications service infrastructures given the vital role they play in the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Angola, as well as its importance for national integrity and the security of the population, the management of the territory and the well being of its citizens. 2. Within the context defined in the above paragraph, the main objective of this law is the creation of a legal framework to allow and guarantee the expansion and modernization of the national telecommunications system as well as the provision of quality telecommunication services, at affordable prices and offering access to a progressively larger number of Angolans in all areas of the national territory. 3. The following are also objectives of this law: a) Promote public and private investment, encouraging the exercise of the activity in a regime of sound competition, based on transparent rules for the licensing of the activity and extending basic services to rural and remote areas with adequate quality standards and affordable prices. b) Guarantee competition among service operators based on the principle of equal opportunity, without special or exclusive rights. c) Privilege the expansion of the national telecommunications infrastructure, promoting the introduction of new operators; d) Determine and guarantee compliance with the obligations of universal service e) Promote the development and use of new services and networks, ensuring they are developed using the best technology available and in a cost efficient manner, aiming at promoting territorial, economic and social cohesion. f) Ensure the efficient use of limited telecommunication resources such as numbering and the radioelectric spectrum.