Greek watchdog to deregulate fixed telephony access, tighten up VDSL regulations

2 Nov 2016

Greece’s telecoms regulator, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT), is proposing to deregulate the market for retail fixed telephony access, saying the sector now has effective competition. The retail market for fixed calls was deregulated in 2013. The watchdog is also looking to increase regulation of the wholesale markets for ‘local and central access at a fixed location’ where incumbent operator OTE is adjudged to hold significant market power. The EETT proposes to impose specific regulatory obligations to promote the smooth introduction of VDSL vectoring technology in the access network which will give end users connectivity at speeds of up to 100Mbps, thereby helping Greece meet its EU Digital Agenda 2020 targets.