NPT updates wholesale broadband market obligations

22 Jan 2014

The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has adopted a resolution for the country’s broadband market under which it has ruled that fixed line incumbent Telenor still has significant market power (SMP). As such, the regulator’s decision requires that the telco provide wholesale access to its fibre-optic network to its competitors, though the NPT noted that it will not impose price controls for such connectivity. The resolutions relate to two markets, those being: wholesale (physical) network infrastructure access (including shared or fully unbundled access) at a fixed location (Market 4); and wholesale broadband access (Market 5).

In announcing the development, the NPT noted that its previous decisions regarding the markets in question had been made back in 2009. In its prior ruling the watchdog had concluded that regulation of Telenor’s fibre infrastructure was not appropriate, in part because the network rollout was limited in scope at that date. However, with the market leader having since enhanced its fibre network significantly, both through its own network development and the acquisition of competitors, the NPT has argued that the introduction of obligations on Telenor are now needed.

The NPT meanwhile said that it also believed access to Telenor’s copper network remained important for competition purposes, especially in those areas where fibre has yet to be rolled out. To that end, the regulator confirmed that it is introducing price controls on copper-based broadband access, with the maximum price for copper local loop unbundled (LLU) connections to be reduced from NOK95 (USD14.64) per month to NOK85 per month from 1 March 2014.