NPT renews Telenor fixed line SMP designation

12 Aug 2010

The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Regulatory Authority (NPT) has announced that it has renewed fixed line incumbent Telenor’s status as having significant market power (SMP) in ‘Market 1’, that being access to the public telephone network at a fixed location for residential and non-residential customers. The regulator noted that, while Telenor’s market share has continued to decline, it still holds more than 70% of the fixed line subscriptions in the country, justifying keeping its SMP classification. As such, the NPT said that Telenor would still be obliged to allow alternative operators to resell its fixed line services at a regulated cost, although as part of this most recent ruling the price cap for switching provider was reduced from NOK50 (USD8.13) to NOK43.

While Telenor’s SMP status in Market 1 has been retained, the NPT has withdrawn Telenor’s designation of dominance in the retail markets for fixed voice traffic, while also removing any previous regulation that applied to that market.