European Commission approves partial broadband deregulation in Portugal

The European Commission approved the Portuguese telecoms regulator’s proposal to deregulate some parts of the wholesale broadband market, covering around 61% of all Portuguese broadband lines. The regulator ANACOM’s (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações) proposal is a reasonable move towards better targeted regulation, concentrating on regions where structural competition problems persist. The European Commission also called for effective regulation in regions where competition problems persist. With the move towards faster and higher capacity next generation fibre networks underway in Portugal and across the EU, the European Commission highlighted the importance of alternative operators having access to new fibre technologies. [European Commission Press Release]