Wednesday, March 22, 2006

German Regulator Opens Consultation on Bitstream Regulatory Order

Germany's Federal Network Agency has invited comments on its regulatory order for ATM bitstream access. The Agency is planning to commit Deutsche Telekom AG (DTAG) to offer a transparent, non-discriminatory wholesale product, the charges for which will be subject to ex post price controls.

"Now that we have established DTAG's dominance in this wholesale market, we want to oblige it to provide its competitors with a broadband access wholesale product whose service levels the competitors can decide for themselves. Differentiation will thus be possible for competing companies not just via price, but also via quality", Matthias Kurth, Agency President, declared.

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