Report on the implementation of symmetric regulation: description of existing practices and consideration of future challenges

Document number: BoR (17) 39
Document date: 23.02.2017
Date of registration: 08.03.2017
Document type: Reports
Author: BEREC

Symmetric obligations are seen in some cases as an effective regulatory tool to ensure access to network facilities and civil infrastructures, ensure end-to-end connectivity, facilitate the deployment of long-term next generation access (NGA) networks, and to promote competition and create similar conditions for all operators that are deploying or might deploy NGA networks. In the context of the Framework Review, this report aims to study NRAs’ use of symmetric regulatory tools, in particular for NGA network access, and how they sit alongside other types of regulatory interventions. It also examines the regulatory and legal basis of symmetric intervention and how different interventions comprising symmetric regulation complement each other. This report is descriptive and not normative. The current document is for internal use and is not available to public.