EC says Finland’s IDD calls are competitive

19 Jul 2005

The European Commission has today published a decision under Article 7 of the EU framework on electronic communications, supporting the findings of the Finnish regulator Ficora, that the ‘international calls market in Finland are effectively competitive’. As a result of the EC’s decision Ficora will not be required to implement and ex-ante regulations on its international calls market. Ficora recently undertook a fresh analysis of the sector after the Commission vetoed its earlier findings in February 2004, deeming that they lacked sufficient rigour. The EC concluded that Ficora should not have taken into account the existing carrier selection and pre-selection regulation already in place in Finland when analysing the extent of competition on the international calls market.