Regulation in the wholesale market for fixed call termination remains unchanged

The European Commission ruled against FICORA's intentions to remove ex ante regulation in the Finnish wholesale market for call termination on the public telephone network provided at a fixed location*. Thus, the regulation in the market remains unchanged until further notice.

In early autumn, FICORA presented to the Commission a proposal for deregulation in the wholesale market for fixed voice call termination. In FICORA's view, there was no longer need for regulation because telecoms operators cannot set their wholesale prices independently of the other players and end users. This is because Finnish consumers can, if necessary, substitute fixed network calls by mobile network calls.

Nevertheless, the European Commission blocked deregulation. In Commission's view, the evidence presented by FICORA was not adequate for deregulation. Therefore, the Commission demands that FICORA withdraw its proposal. In addition, the Commission demands that FICORA reanalyse the market and deliver further evidence if FICORA still sees that deregulation is justified.

It is unlikely that the Commission would alter its view and approve deregulation even if FICORA would provide the Commission with the required additional evidence. Ex ante regulation will thus remain in the market. According to a preliminary estimate, FICORA will analyse the market next time in 2016-2017.

European Commission's decision [pdf, 65 KB]

Previous news:

European Commission opposes removal of ex ante regulation in the wholesale market for call termination on fixed networks (published 8 October 2013)

Deregulation in difficulties - BEREC is also against the removal of ex ante regulation in the wholesale market for call termination on fixed networks (published 4 November 2013)

Further information:


Mr Jukka-Pekka Juutinen, Head of Steering group, tel. +358 295 390 523

Mr Tuukka Lehtiniemi, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 527


* A call made to a land-line telephone number is routed from the caller's telephone network to the recipient's fixed telephone network. The recipient's telecoms operator charges the caller's telecoms operator for call termination on its network.


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