Commission OKs APEK’s decision to continue mobile price regulation

9 Jun 2009

The European Commission (EC) has endorsed the Slovenian telecoms regulator APEK’s decision to require the country’s largest mobile operator, Mobitel, to continue to give competitors access to its network at regulated prices. According to an EC press release, unlike most other European Union (EU) countries, Slovenia’s market for wholesale access and call origination services on mobile networks is still not effectively competitive. Competitors, for the time being, still rely on Mobitel’s network to provide full national coverage and competitive services to their subscribers. Once they have rolled out their own networks, regulation should be withdrawn. ‘If only two mobile operators can offer national coverage, then this is not enough to ensure that consumers are well served,’ said EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes.