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Austria ends regulation of wholesale broadband markets

13 Oct 2022

Austria’s Telekom Control Commission (TKK) has announced that it has released the wholesale broadband markets from regulation, with a view to accelerating fibre-optic expansion across the country. Following extensive market research, the regulator has determined that A1 Telekom Austria no longer has a dominant position in the provision of consumer products in large parts of Austria and would therefore not be subject to any regulation in this segment anyway. Complete deregulation ultimately became possible because A1 Telekom Austria has concluded private contracts with 19 alternative providers for access to its network over the next five years at least. Overall, this currently covers around 80% of the demand for broadband wholesale products. Furthermore, A1 Telekom Austria has promised to grant other interested providers access to the network under the same conditions in the future.

‘The TKK’s decision is a milestone in the liberalisation of the telecommunications markets. From now on, it will no longer be the requirements of the regulatory authority, but contracts under private law that will ensure broadband coverage for the whole of Austria and ensure competition – of course under the watchful eye of the regulator,’ commented Klaus M. Steinmaurer, spokesman for the TKK and managing director of the Telecommunications and Post department at the Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR).

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