Deutsche Telekom Forced to Open Network to Competitors

The European Court of Justice on Thursday overruled an attempt by the Bundesnetzagentur, the German NRA, to allow incumbent operator Deutsche Telekom to ban competitors from having access to its high-speed broadband network.

The court sided with the European Commission, which had sued Germany over a 2006 national law that granted Deutsche Telekom a “holiday” from European Union regulations for its new fiber optic network.

The EC, which had criticized the German regulator for endorsing the exemption, called the court’s decision an affirmation that regulatory “holidays” were illegal.

INTUG welcomes the finding of the court, which must also be reflected in the forthcoming NGA Recommendation.

Read more on the New York Times web site.

Source: NYT

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