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Public consultation on draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

Recently, the European telecommunication markets have witnessed several developments, such as the increased uptake of bundled services and a trend towards consolidation of the markets via mergers and acquisitions, which can result in oligopolistic market settings. It is generally recognised that oligopolistic communications markets face a risk of evolving in a non-competitive manner.

However, there are some market developments for which scale is an important determinant, such as the deployment of (new or upgraded) infrastructure or introduction of new services, leading to the development of market structures characterised by a small number of actors. In order to tackle the increased risk of non-competitive behaviour, NRAs should have an adequate set of tools at hand. For this purpose BEREC started its own investigation in 2014 and is currently preparing a report in order to determine whether the current regulatory toolkit and/or its practical application is adequate to tackle oligopoly issues. NRAs have accumulated great experience in the regulation of markets characterised by individual SMP. On the contrary, there are only a few clear precedents that deal with oligopoly markets in an ex ante context. Moreover, the 2002 Guidelines on market analysis do not cover the most recent decisions on joint dominance adopted by the courts, which set the relevant parameters for determining the creation or strengthening of a joint dominant position in ex post and merger scenarios. On the other hand, Article 7 cases based on joint SMP situations are few and have implied difficult notification processes, even ending up with withdrawals of the measures after the initiation of Phase II procedures.

The draft BEREC Report on Oligopoly analysis and regulation was discussed and approved for public consultation at the BEREC Board of Regulators meeting in Bergen on 4 June 2015. The public consultation ran from 10 June to 1 August 2015.

List of all documents related to the public consultations:

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Document title or Name of contributor

Document subject to consultation

BoR (15) 74

Draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

 

List of all individual contribution received by BEREC:

PC 03 (15) 01

Richard Feasey’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 02

Vodafone’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 03

Telefonica’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 04

PosteMobile’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 05

Numericable_SFR’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 06

Deutsche Telekom’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 07

CoopVoce’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 08

Orange’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 09

University Passau/KIT’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 10

FTTH Council Europe’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 11

PT Portugal’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 12

Cable Europe’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 13

ETNO’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 14

GSMA’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 15

QSC AG’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 16

Liberty Global's response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 17

Wind’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 18

ECTA’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 19

KPN’s response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

PC 03 (15) 20

VATM response to the BEREC public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation

Documents approved by BEREC after the public consultation:

BoR (15) 194

BEREC report on the public consultation of the Report on Oligopoly analysis and regulation

BoR (15) 195

BEREC Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation