T-HT threatens regulator with court action over ULL tariff reductions

24 Nov 2005

Croatia’s former monopoly fixed line operator T-HT is threatening to sue the Telecommunications Agency (TA) over its ruling that the telco should cut its unbundled local loop (ULL) tariffs by almost a third. Last month the TA ordered T-HT to reduce its wholesale ULL prices by 32% as part of its continued attempts to ramp up competition in the market. The telco says the latest reductions are unworkable, following a similar order made in June forcing it to cut its standard interconnection fee by 5%. T-HT says it will take its case to the country’s Administrative Court unless the TA rethinks its proposals.

The regulator began issuing concessions for competitors to T-HT in December last year and has licensed twelve companies so far. Two of the new operators, Optima Telekom and Portus (which offers services under the H1 banner), launched their first ADSL packages last month, becoming the first telcos to offer high speed internet in competition to the incumbent.

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