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Telecommunications and postal services
Increase competition in the market by lowering entry barriers; guarantee access to network/infrastructure; strengthen power of the National Regulator Authority.
The Government will:
5.16. Ensure more effective competition in the sector by implementing the new Directive on EU electronic communications regulatory framework (“Better Regulation Directive”), which will (among others) enhance independence of the National Regulator Authority. [Q3-2011]
5.17.Facilitate market-entry by lowering mobile termination rates [Q3-2011] and by launching the auction for the assignment of further radio frequencies (i.e. auction of spectrum) for broadband wireless access [Q4-2011]. In designing the spectrum auction rules, it will be ensured that they adhere to the legal principles of the EU framework and that potential new entrants are not placed at a competitive disadvantage. In particular, the auction tender will:
announce the commitment to an ex-post assessment, to be carried out by the regulator, of possible competitive distortions, covering the electronic communications mobile markets for which the spectrum is to be used as well as the commitment to, where justified and proportionate, the implementation of remedies to redress any resulting situation considered anti-competitive.
include appropriate caps for strategic spectrum bands (under 1 GHz) which, while respecting the technological neutrality principle, facilitates an effective entry into the market avoiding that potential new entrants will face competitive disadvantages in terms of service quality and network costs.
as a contribution to the enhancement of market competition, conditions for potential new operators to have access to national roaming will strike an effective balance between safeguarding the interests of current operators and those of potential new entrants. The regulator will adopt the necessary measures in order to enable potential new entrants to benefit from a level playing field as to the provision of high quality mobile broadband services. This will be achieved namely by ensuring operators' obligation to negotiate fair and reasonable national roaming access, unless otherwise justified and proportionate.
Auction pricing rules such as reserve prices and potential new entrant price discounts will take full account of the objective of facilitating market entry by creating a level playing field.
5.18. The Government will ensure the existence of an adequate monitoring and enforcement mechanism to guarantee the effective implementation of the obligations to negotiate fair and reasonable access to national roaming and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements, ensuring timely access and reasonable prices. Such mechanism will be announced in the auction tender [Q4-2011].
5.19. The Government will review the current value of the fees on the use of frequencies to ensure that they are objectively justified, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate in relation to their intended purpose. Such review will be announced in the auction tender [Q4- 2011].
5.20.Ensure that the provision on universal service designation and the incumbent’s concession contract are non-discriminatory: re-negotiate the concession contract with the undertaking currently providing the universal service and launch a new tender for designation of universal service providers. [Q4-2011]
5.21. Adopt measures to increase competition in the fixed communications market by: i) alleviating restrictions on mobility of consumers by reducing costs faced when deciding on provider along the lines proposed by the Competition Authority (such as standardized contracts, explicit right to free cancellation and facilitating price comparison) [Q3-2011]; ii) reviewing barriers on entry and adopting measures to reduce them. [Q1-2012]
The Government will:
5.22. Further liberalise the postal sector by transposing the Third Postal Directive ensuring that powers and independence of the National Regulator Authority are appropriate in view of its increased role in monitoring prices and costs [Q3-2011].