Regulator orders Deutsche Telekom to open business network to competitors

8 Mar 2007

The German telecoms regulator the Bundesnetzagentur (BNA) has ordered incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) to give competitors wholesale bitstream access to its asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) network, which supplies businesses with high speed internet access. BNA president Matthias Kurth said in a statement, ‘This should encourage competition…DT may determine prices it charges ATM bitstream customers itself…[we] assume that DT will not use this freedom to its competitors’ disadvantage.’ The BNA acted at the specific behest of the European Commission, which last August sent the regulator a letter asking it to issue access proposals for ATM bitstream access.

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