Croatia defines IP interconnect terms, eases broadband regulation

8 Jun 2015

The Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has issued a decision on the terms for IP interconnection, making it one of the few European Union (EU) countries to be regulating IP interconnection between operators. The move will ensure interoperability for the country’s IP-based services providers. The decision names incumbent operator T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) plus 18 other telcos and internet service providers (ISPs).

Separately, HAKOM has announced that it is recommending the deregulation of the markets for retail broadband internet and IPTV services. The regulator has sent its draft decision to the European Commission (EC), suggesting that the current retail regulation on T-HT – including its internet subsidiary Iskon and Optima, which is currently under management control of T-HT until 2018 – should be lifted.

Meanwhile, T-HT has unveiled a HRK1 million (USD147,000) project to upgrade the local access network in the areas of Velika and Mala Ostrna. The work is part of the government-backed Digital Agenda programme, which aims to have a 30Mbps internet connection available to the entire population by 2020.