PTA extends the deadline for leased line markets consultation

7 Jan 2014

Iceland’s telecoms watchdog, the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA), has extended its consultation deadline regarding the analysis of the market for wholesale terminating segments of leased lines (Market 6) and the retail market for the minimum set of leased lines (Market 7). According to a press release, interested parties are now invited to submit comments by 20 January 2014.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in November 2013 the PTA launched a consultation on a draft analysis of Market 6 and Market 7. The regulator also announced that the wholesale market for trunk segments of leased lines (Market 14) will be analysed in the coming months and will be up for public consultation in early 2014. The PTA pointed out that the markets were last analysed in September 2007 (with PTA Decision 20/2007), with Siminn and Mila designated as having significant market power in the wholesale leased line market, while Siminn was the only company found to hold significant market power in market 6 and market 7. Subsequently, the watchdog imposed certain obligations on the operators. The new analysis, however, has revealed that Siminn no longer has significant power in the market for wholesale terminating segments of leased lines, although the regulator will continue to impose obligations on Mila. Further, PTA revealed that significant barriers are no longer evident in the retail market for the minimum set of leased lines and it will lift all obligations in said market.