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PTA adopts new bitstream pricing; consults on terminal equipment for Vectoring

24 Jul 2014

Icelandic telecoms watchdog the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) has adopted its Decision 17/2014, which approves wholesale network operator Mila’s wholesale tariffs for bitstream access via Route Option 1 and Route Option 3 from 1 August 2014. According to the published document, Route Option 1 will be priced at ISK912 (USD8.02) per user, unchanged from the previous charge, while ADSL/VDSL connection via Route Option 3 will be priced at ISK1,367 per unit, which represents a 17% reduction on the previous levy.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Mila was designated as having significant market power (SMP) in the wholesale leased line market in January 2014, and as a result is subject to certain obligations in the wholesale market for broadband access. Following a consultation on the topic, which ran until 13 January 2014, the watchdog decided to make alterations to the calculations of the drafted tariff for wholesale switches. The PTA pointed out that it took into account varying use of wholesale switches, both with respect to Mila customers and to service options.

Meanwhile, the regulator has launched a public consultation on the technical characteristics of terminal equipment for Vectoring technology over VDSL, prior to a proposed adoption of the technology later on this year. The PTA pointed out that in order to facilitate these plans, Mila needs to ensure that users’ terminal equipment supports VDSL2 (standard G.993.2). The regulator has invited all interested parties to submit their comments on the proposed equipment upgrade by 20 August 2014.

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