The Portuguese regulatory authority ANACOM has taken a major step forward in the market review process under the new EU regulatory framework.

ANACOM has now formally notified the European Commission, and the other National Regulatory Authorities in the European Union, of its draft measures relating to market definition and SMP designation (but not yet the proposed regulatory obligations) on:

- Markets 1 through 6: Retail fixed narrowband services (access to the public telephone network at a fixed location and publicly available telephone services at a fixed location).

- Markets 8 and 9: Wholesale call origination on the public telephone network at a fixed location and wholesale call termination on individual public telephone networks provided at a fixed location.

As regards retail markets 1 through 6, and also for wholesale market 8, only Portugal Telecom and its subsidiaries are identified as having Significant Market Power.

As regards wholesale market 9, i.e. call termination, all effectively operating providers of fixed public telephone networks with direct access to the customer are identified as having Significant Market Power. The following entities are listed in the document: Cabovisão, Coltel, Jazztel, Novis Telecom, OniTelecom, PTC (Portugal Telecom group), PT Prime (Portugal Telecom group), Refer Telecom and Vodafone Telecel.

The full text (in Portuguese) of the draft ANACOM decisions can be accessed by clicking here.

For a discussion of the implications of these draft decisions, please contact Yves Blondeel.