Slovak Telekom fined for universal service failure

3 Dec 2012

The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) has issued a fine of EUR50,000 (USD65,000) on incumbent PSTN operator Slovak Telekom for failing to satisfy its universal service obligations, following complaints from inhabitants of several remote areas. Telecompaper reports that the TU SR had ordered Slovak Telekom to renew provision of public services it had previously disconnected in certain areas, but in one instance, in a village with 132 inhabitants mostly aged over 70, the operator re-enabled access to public payphones only and did not renew end-user services.