Court of Appeal partially reverses regulatory obligations on Belgacom

18 May 2009

Belgian fixed line and broadband operator Belgacom has revealed that it has successfully appealed against several regulatory obligations imposed on it last year relating to the broadband sector. The operator noted in a press release that rulings made by the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) in January 2008 have been reversed by the Brussels Court of Appeal. The operator said that the court had ruled that the ‘analysis made of the broadband market was erroneous, as insufficient consideration was given to the intense competition on this market’. Following the judgement it is understood that Belgacom has contacted the BIPT to discuss the consequences, but the operator has stated it does not intend to ‘introduce radical changes to the existing services it provides to the other operators.’