In the past days, the European Commission's eCommunications Consultation Task Force (eCCTF) has published a large number of new letters addressed to National Regulatory Authorities, including two PHASE II Investigations.
The PHASE II Investigations concern:
Netherlands: Definition of a separate retail market (informally named 'Market 19') for the distribution of free-to-air radio and television programmes via cable-tv networks.
Germany: Wholesale broadband access, and specifically the exclusion of VDSL from the market definition.
The other letters concern the following topics:
Austria: Wholesale mobile call termination (interconnection dispute resolution, determining the levels of wholesale charges).
Germany: Wholesale mobile call termination (market definition and SMP assessment only).
Italy: Wholesale broadband access, wholesale mobile access and call origination, and retail access to the fixed public telephone network for residential and for business customers.
Netherlands: Wholesale broadcast transmission to end-users.
Slovenia: Wholesale fixed call origination, wholesale fixed call termination, and retail fixed telephone calls for residential and business customers.
Spain: Wholesale mobile call termination, wholesale fixed call termination, and broadcast transmission.
For a discussion of the implications, especially of the precedent-setting letters on The Netherlands and Germany, please contact Yves Blondeel.