H3G Ireland publishes draft RIO document

4 Mar 2013

Irish mobile network operator Hutchison 3G Ireland (H3G Ireland) has published a draft of its reference interconnect offer (RIO), pursuant to the national regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation’s (ComReg’s), Decision Notice D11/12. In its filing, H3G Ireland noted that the document ‘does not constitute an offer of any description and serves as a guide only to the type of contract document that Hutchison 3G Ireland requires to be entered into for situations where an interconnect applicant and Hutchison 3G Ireland require interconnection and termination on each other’s network’. The company went on to say that it is its intention that mobile voice call termination contracts it enters into with third parties will be substantially based on this reference document. However, it reserves the right to alter the terms and conditions on a case-by-case basis.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, following the conclusion of a competitive tendering process, the contract to implement and operate the Republic of Ireland’s National Broadband Scheme (NBS) was awarded to H3G Ireland on 23 December 2008. The NBS is designed to deliver broadband services to certain target areas in Ireland (i.e. typically those not covered by copper-wire services). Under the contract, H3G Ireland will be required to provide services to all premises in the NBS area requesting a service. In order to facilitate competition, the carrier is also required to provide wholesale access to any other authorised operator wishing to serve premises in the NBS area. The full RIO document is available here: http://www.three.ie/pdf/H3GI-RIO.pdf