AKEP revokes batch of SMP decisions

20 Nov 2018

Albanian telecoms watchdog the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) has agreed to rescind a series of decisions concerning its analysis document for the wholesale access and origination, international wholesale call termination and retail mobile markets, following a series of complaints from Vodafone Albania, ALBtelecom and Neofone. Explaining its decision, AKEP said that it had taken into consideration the importance of telecommunications as one of the country’s strategic sectors and as such was taking ‘maximum care to ensure a climate of understanding and support for investment’. AKEP went on to say that it had evaluated assistance provided by the EC, which expressed its full support and readiness to contribute with expertise in the multidimensional process of market analyses, and had deemed it necessary to repeal the previous decisions on the subject.

The repeal affects decisions 78, 79, 80, 81 and 82, all dated 1 October 2018, which: approve the market analysis document (78); establish as operators with significant market power (SMP) Vodafone Albania, Albtelecom and Telekom Albania (79, 80 and 81 respectively); and set out regulator measures for SMP players (82).