Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has launched a public consultation on its proposed lower rates for wholesale access to cable networks. The new pricing, which aims to enhance competition in the broadband internet and broadcasting markets, follows a ruling in June 2018 that required cable operators to open their networks to competitors and apply fair tariffs for the services they offer competitors.
The new pricing model determines the costs of an efficient operator while taking account of their specific characteristics, such as economies of scale, investment history and coverage areas. The BIPT also proposes a small margin of 5%-10% on the prices for internet services over 200Mbps in order to encourage investment. The new rates cover broadband access only, access to television and a combination of both services. Stakeholders have until 6 September to submit their comments on the new prices, which would apply from 2019 to 2023.