Belgian cable operator Telenet has said it will continue to fight regulatory proposals that would place open access obligations on cable operators in the country.â¨
Telenet said it had reviewed revised draft proposals submitted by the Belgian Conference of Regulators (CRC) to the European Commission. The cable operator argues that, even thought the revised proposals have taken into account a number of concerns raised by cable operators, they are still inadequate and outdatedÂ. â¨
The initial proposals submitted by regulators the VRM, BIPT, CSA Â and Â Medienrat in December proposed that operators should Â make Â analogue Â television Â available on Â a Â wholesale basis, Â provide Â access Â to Â their Â digital Â TV Â platform Â and Â also make Â broadband Â internet Â available Â on Â a Â wholesale Â basis, the latter Â only Â in combination Â with Â access Â to Â digital Â TV. The revised proposals remove Belgacom from the list of companies that would be given access to the cable operatorsÂ digital TV and broadband internet platforms and provide a stricter framework for access to other providers. They also propose that pricing of the wholesale offer will be based on a Âretail-minusÂ formula and will be subject to a separate consultation.
â¨The EC now has three months to examine the revised proposals. Telenet argues that the telecom market in Belgium does not meet criteria set by the European authorities that would permit local regulators to intervene. It has argued that cable TV prices are already regulated (and the digital TV market is in any case more competitive than before) while analogue TV regulation would be out of date as only 28% of the population currently relies on analogue reception.
Meanwhile, it says, the regulators have failed to provide an analysis of the market for bundled TV and broadband products and have ignored the growing convergence of fixed and mobile services.
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