Friday, December 02, 2005

European Regulators ranking by ECTA 

UK leads the way - Germany also here least competitive.

Today International Herald Tribune reports today:

ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, a Brussels based lobby-group of 150 companies that are competing with the incumbents for their customers (some may say, ECTA is also giving advice to their members how to treat the NRA's to provide them a good living on behalf of the incumbents ;-) released a report stating that:

"Countries which top the European broadband league have succeeded in stimulating competition from a number of sources whilst those which languish at the bottom are characterised by higher incumbent market shares and slow progress towards competition. This is the main conclusion drawn from the latest broadband scorecard produced by ECTA."

According to the IHT the ECTA report was prepared by SPC Network, a British research firm, which surveyed ETCA's members and 16 national regulators in August.

The study of the EU telecom sector reveals that stricter (de?)regulation leads to greater investment, whereas monopolies limit economic performance.

The ranking according to the IHT out of a possible 520 (based on various measures of the market) is:

Britain (430)
Denmark (386)
France (337)
Austria (334)
Ireland (313)
Sweden (302)
Italy (299)
Portugal (297)
Netherlands (289)
Hungary (276)
Spain (274)
Belgium (271)
Czech. rep. (234)
Poland (225)
Greece (213)
Germany (213)

The surprise here is that the German Telecom market, Europe's largest, is the least open to competition.

The report itself has a different ranking, I am somewhat lost in the data, and I could not find out where the figures are the IHT is citing.

In the European BB League table Q2 2005 the Netherlands are leading, Denmark is second and Finland it third, UK is 7th and Austria 8th, Germany is 13th.

The bad message for Austria according to ECTA is:

Austria which was 5th in the broadband penetration table in 2003 is now ranked 8th due to a 2 year delay in analysing the broadband market and an absence of regulatory controls on bitstream.

On the other hand, if one hears the Austrian subsidary of ECTA, the VAT, whining every week about the incumbent-friendy regulator, this is still not so bad, e.g.: press release today

Wien, am 1. Dezember 2005 - "Die heute zur Konsultation vorgelegte Entscheidung der Telekom Control Kommission betreffend die Entb├╝ndelungskosten am Festnetz-Zugangsmarkt zerst├Ârt jegliche Hoffnung auf baldigen Wettbewerb am Anschlussmarkt. ...

Interesting also that the VAT is always pointing to Germany as an example.

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