The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has adopted new regulation under which local operators are able to offer broadband services to consumers by purchasing access to Telia’s access network, comprising both copper and fibre.
The inclusion of physical access to fibre networks represents an important difference in relation to previous obligations which only encompassed copper networks. TeliaSonera will also continue to receive compensation, including a reasonable return, for the products that the company is obliged to sell to other operators.
PTS’ decision covers two sub-markets in the broadband sector and applies to the access network (i.e. the part of the network that connects the household or company to a telecommunications exchange or other connection point (the ‘local loop’)).
The market for network infrastructure access means that operators should be able to purchase access to TeliaSonera’s network by establishing their own equipment at telecommunications exchanges.
The market encompasses access to both the copper-based and fibre networks. The market for bitstream access gives operators the opportunity to purchase a more pre-packaged wholesale product from TeliaSonera in order to be able to offer broadband services to consumers. In this case, the operators do not have to invest in their own equipment.