CTU publishes fixed line interconnection rules

19 Oct 2009

Czech telecoms regulator the CTU last Friday published draft recommendations and the results of a review on the fixed telephony call origination and termination market segments. DMEurope says the CTU found there is not sufficient competition in either sector and declared Telefonica O2 Czech Republic as an operator with significant market power (SMP) on the fixed call origination market. Meanwhile in the fixed call termination market, the CTU noted a number of domestic operators as having SMP, namely: Michal Najman, BT branch, Casablanca INT, Coprosys, CD-Telematika, Ceske Radiokomunikace, Cesky bezdrat, CEZ ICT, Dial Telecom, Faster CZ, GTS Novera, havel internet, Kabelova televise Trinec, MaRcom-Eko, Mattes AD, Maxprogress, MobilKom, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Systems Czech Republic, Unient Communications, UPC Czech Republic, Vodafone Czech Republic and Volny.

In its recommendations the CTU has imposed obligations of transparency, access non-discrimination and accounting separation in both market segments. Moreover, the incumbent O2 will also face increased price regulation for calls originating/terminating on geographic numbers and numbers with calling codes to non-public networks. Within the obligation of transparency, as set down by the CTU, O2 must also publish reference offers for access and interconnection, while other operators must only publish relevant information on conditions of access and interconnection. The measure becomes valid after a 15-day appeal period.

Czech Republic, O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN)