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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

European Commission insists on physical unbundling of GPON and VDSL networks

How different Brussels is from Washington! The EC has grudgingly allowed virtual unbundling on BT's NGA - subject to future physical unbundling, and only because BT's access division has been functionally separated into OpenReach. Note also the insistence on cost-oriented pricing.
In general, the EC insists on using its Article 7 powers to enforce NGA unbundling to prevent incumbents seizing the market. How different to the US (and Japan) - and given the risk premium it permits to incumbents, how competitive!

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