01 October 2008

No regulatory holiday for fibre investors – European Commission

Telcos still looking for ROI guarantees before committing to fibre; Orange calls for emulation of mobile market.

There will be no regulatory breaks for telecoms operators rolling out next-generation access networks, the European Commission reiterated Tuesday, despite pleas from telcos to guarantee them a return on their investment.

The use of new technology in a network does not eliminate the requirements for dominant players to give competitors access to those networks, said Cecilio Madero Villarejo, director, competition directorate general at the European Commission, speaking at the conclusion of a lively panel debate on NGAs and fibre rollout at Broadband World Forum Europe on Tuesday.

"NGA deployment does not mean regulatory holidays," Villarejo insisted. "Dominant companies will have to provide access to their fibre," he added, noting that dominant companies will not necessarily be incumbent operators.

But that is not what the big telcos are keen to hear. More...

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