INTUG and Other Associations Develop Joint Letter to EC on Risks of German Vectoring Monopoly

Twenty-five German and international associations have jointly drafted and published a letter outlining their concerns regarding the vectoring monopoly proposed by the German National Regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA). This proposal would give a single provider the right to exclusively install vectoring equipment at street cabinets in the nearshore area around the 8.000 German main distribution frames (MDFs) - the most profitable areas when it comes to rolling out broadband in Germany.

The letter, addressed to Věra Jourová, the European Commission Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, highlights that Germany needs investment incentives in order to move towards a gigabit society, whereas a vectoring monopoly would delay future fiber deployment and increase its costs. It explains in more detail the economic and political risks inherent in creating a far reaching technological monopoly that would benefit individual players.

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