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Communications Commission publishes further Consultation Papers and Notifications of Proposed Determinations on wholesale fixed markets and retail fixed markets

Published On:Thursday, February 23, 2012

Communications Commission publishes further Consultation Papers and Notifications of Proposed Determinations on wholesale fixed markets and retail fixed markets - Isle of Man Government - Communications Commission

The Isle of Man Communications Commission has published two further Consultation Papers and Proposed Determinations regarding the wholesale and retail fixed telecoms markets. These papers set out the Commission’s preliminary conclusions, its assessment of which operators have significant market power, and its proposed remedies, in the form of obligations, for potential competition problems that could result in the retail and wholesale fixed markets.

The Market Review consultation published in June 2011 identified and analysed retail telecommunications markets and their corresponding wholesale markets. Potential competition problems in the retail fixed markets and wholesale fixed markets were found and regulatory remedies appropriate to each market were proposed.

A response to consultation and Decision Notice was initially published on 4 October 2011 but the Decision Notice was withdrawn on 30 November 2011 to allow further review. At this time, it was decided to issue three separate Decision Notices covering retail fixed markets, wholesale fixed markets and mobile communications markets. The Commission is therefore publishing further Consultation Papers and Notifications of Proposed Determinations for the wholesale fixed markets and retail fixed markets, which constitutes a notification of proposed determinations as required in operators’ Licences.

The proposed Decision Notices detail the designations placed on licensees and the duties and responsibilities incumbent on them as a result of these designations. Responses to these Consultation Papers and Proposed Determinations should be submitted within six weeks of the date of their publication.

Minister Juan Watterson, Chairman of the Communications Commission, said:

“After the near-complete agreement to the conclusions of the Market Review process, and the opportunity to strengthen and improve our proposed decisions following the withdrawal of the October Response to Consultation document, the market definitions, identifications of market power and remedies set out in these Consultations and Notifications of Proposed Determination will make the regulation of telecommunications more consistent with European ex-ante regulation, provide more regulatory certainty, and help underpin the Isle of Man’s existing position as a desirable destination for business innovation and technological innovation.”

The Market Review process is a key element in the establishment of a progressive framework for the regulation of electronic communications on the Island, alongside proposed new legislation currently being formulated. These elements will combine to give consumers, companies and investors a modern, flexible and responsive regulatory environment, increasing the Isle of Man’s competitive advantage in attracting global communications, and communications-based, businesses.