Ex ante regulation of call origination on fixed telephone networks removed

Published 31.05.2013 On 31 May 2013, FICORA issued a decision as a result of which ex ante regulation will be removed from the wholesale market for call origination on the public telephone network provided at a fixed location starting 1 January 2014. This decision concerns 29 telecoms operators with significant market power (SMP) in this market.

Finland is the first EU Member State to remove ex ante regulation in the market for call origination on fixed telephone networks. On the basis of the market analysis made by FICORA, mobile telephone subscriptions and calls made from these are a substitute for fixed telephone subscriptions and calls made from these. This ensures competition in the retail market without ex ante regulation in the market for call origination on fixed telephone networks. In Finland, the use of mobile phone subscriptions as substitutes for fixed telephone subscriptions is exceptional compared to other EU Member States.

Further information:

Tuukka Lehtiniemi, Communications Market Specialist, tuukka.lehtiniemi(at)ficora.fi, tel. +358 9 6966 625
Jukka-Pekka Juutinen, Head of Steering, jukka-pekka.juutinen(at)ficora.fi, tel. +358 9 6966 433

Telecoms operators can offer voice services to another telecoms operator's fixed telephone network subscribers by buying products in the wholesale market for call origination on the public telephone network provided at a fixed location. Examples of services offered with the help of the wholesale product in question are carrier pre-selection agreements (CPS) and calls provided by carrier selection which are offered to the end-customers of the fixed telephone network.

The objective of ex ante regulation in the wholesale market is to remedy competition problems in the retail market. Ex ante regulation is justified only if the lack of it causes significant harm to end-users.

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