EU still plans to sue Germany

13 Jun 2007

The European Commission still plans to sue Germany over its telecoms law, even though German regulator Bundesnetzagentur has suggested changes to the disputed law, European Union Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding told reporters yesterday. ‘The regulator’s plans don’t change the fact that the government has passed a law that is not in line with European law,’ Reding said, adding that the Commission will sue Germany before the end of the month. The law, passed in the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament) in December 2006, allows incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom (DT) to prevent its rivals from using its EUR3 billion broadband network by exempting, at least temporarily, the high speed fibre-optic network from any requirement to offer its lines to competitors. Bundesnetzagentur argued that the telecom bill does prescribe that networks be opened up to rivals, as long as they plan to offer services which cannot be offered through other technologies.

Germany, Deutsche Telekom (DT)