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COPPER-FIBRE: INDICATIONS IN JULY.

The European Commission intends to provide indications, in July, on the cost evaluation method it will use for the provision of access to telecommunications networks. It apparently has no plans to publish a recommendation in the coming months. The industry, which is divided on this question, is eagerly awaiting the indications. This debate got under way in 2011, when the Commission launched a consultation - the only one so far - on the cost evaluation method, with a view to publishing a recommendation. It proposed to reduce rates for access to the copper networks of incumbent operators in places where no investments are being made in next-generation networks, specifically fibre networks. In exchange, prices for access to copper would not be lowered and might even be raised in places where operators invest in fibre. The alternative operators represented by ECTA support the possible initiative but the incumbents belonging to ETNO are opposed.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Jun 22, 2012
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