Sweden’s regulator recommends local and national broadband split
Swedish regulator PTS said it is seeking operators’ comments by 1 September on recommendations on dividing the broadband market into local and central network access areas, notes Telecompaper. “The nub of the matter is that it regards fibre grids serving small residences and smaller multi-residence buildings to be separate geographic markets. The watchdog said that the Swedish end-user market can now be divided up into two relevant product markets, one for broadband via fibre or TV cable, and the other for copper internet.” PTS said the wholesale market for local access to network infrastructure could be split into three. These will be fibre access for small houses and smaller multi-residence buildings; fibre access for larger multi-residence buildings; and copper access. “Turning to the wholesale market for central access to network infrastructure, PTS suggests dividing this into two. They would be one for fibre and cable, and one for copper access.” In its preliminary view, PTS said there are indications that each fibre network serving small houses and smaller multi-residence buildings is tantamount to a separate geographic market. “For fibre access to larger multiple residence buildings and copper-based access networks, PTS still thinks these markets should be regarded as national ones. When it comes to central access to network infrastructure, PTS thinks these are national, too.” Meanwhile PTS has been commissioned by the Swedish government to analyse state subsidies for expanding broadband and to make proposals for future public funding. It said technical development is such that new ways must be found to calculate how to reach as many people as possible, in both built-up and sparsely populated locations, as the country’s National Audit Office said it looks as though it will be difficult for the government to achieve its broadband target. It said there are competition problems, conflicts between private and public operators, and the risk that state funding goes to the wrong areas. Even so, Sweden is among the top countries anywhere in terms of fast internet access, it said. Read more and here.
- Tuesday, 20 June 2017