ETNO calls for deregulation in fixed telephony

Thursday 10 January 2013 | 14:40 CET | News

The European Telecom Network Operators association has called for a reduction in the number of markets subject to ex ante regulation in the EU. In response to a public consultation by the European Commission reviewing the markets susceptible to regulation up to 2020, ETNO said that increasing competition and changes in technology and consumer behaviour provide room for reduced regulation. 

Further deregulation "is essential to unlock investments that are indispensable for meeting the policy goals of the Digital Agenda", said Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair. 

In particular the lobby group for incumbent operators would like to see ex ante regulation ended in the retail market for access to the fixed telephone network (market1). It sees no competition issues in the market, as fixed telephony is increasingly subject to competition from mobile networks and over-the-top services provided on broadband networks. 

ETNO also wants a new approach to wholesale regulation of broadband networks that takes into account all competing platforms at retail level, including cable and next-generation mobile networks, in accordance with the principle of technological neutrality. National regulators should also be asked to analyse geographical differences within a national market, in order to focus regulation on uncompetitive areas. 

Furthermore, ETNO said it sees no need to add new markets (such as IP transit or SMS termination) to the list of relevant markets.

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