ComReg undertaking consultation on termination market reviews

31 Oct 2017

Irish telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published a consultation regarding its draft proposals for regulation of the Fixed Voice Call Termination (FVCT) and Mobile Voice Call Termination (MVCT) markets. In its publication, the watchdog said it had become ‘appropriate’ to carry out a further review of both segments, given the time that has passed since previous analyses. FVCT markets have to date been regulated in accordance with ComReg’s 2007 FVCT Decision, in which Eircom (since renamed eir) and six alternative providers – BT Ireland, Verizon, UPC, Colt, Smart Telecom, 25 and Magnet Networks – were designated as having significant market power (SMP) on their respective networks. Meanwhile, ComReg last examined the MVCT markets in 2012, designating six companies as holding SMP, namely: Vodafone, Three, O2 (since acquired by Three), Meteor, Tesco Mobile Ireland, Lycamobile and 46.

ComReg is seeking feedback on the plans from interested parties by a deadline of 10 January 2018, and has said that once it reviews and takes into account all responses it will issue a final decision.