Watchdogs approve fixed voice deregulation in Poland

5 May 2015

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), the European Commission (EC) and the Polish antimonopoly authority UOKiK have now all approved the decision to remove regulation from four fixed line markets which are considered to be subject to effective competition. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in February, UKE conducted a consultation into four fixed line retail market segments, including: market 3/2003 – the provision of domestic calls for consumers; market 4/2003 – the provision of international calls for consumers; market 5/2003 – the provision of domestic calls for businesses; and market 6/2003 – the provision of international calls for businesses. The regulator found that competition is healthy in all four sectors and there is no operator with significant market power (SMP). The fixed line market was previously dominated by Orange Polska (formerly known as Telekomunikacja Polska), but the incumbent is now competing with a number of emerging players, such as Netia, UPC Poland and Multimedia Polska.