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Unbundled access to the local loop
The Regulation makes it compulsory, from 31 December 2000, for incumbent operators to meet reasonable requests for unbundled access to the local loop.
Allowing new entrants to access the local loop will lead to increased competition on the local network and reduce the cost of using the Internet. Unbundled access to the local loop is a prerequisite for developing high-speed access to the Internet.
Regulation (EC) No 2887/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on unbundled access to the local loop.
Increased competition on the local network
The Regulation addresses the problem of the lack of competition on the local network where incumbent operators continue to dominate the market for voice telephony services and high-speed Internet access
Allowing new entrants access to the local loop * will lead to increased competition and stimulate technological innovation on the local access market. This will encourage the provision of a large range of competitive electronic communications services.
The provision of unbundled access
The Regulation introduces compulsory unbundling of and shared access to the local copper loop controlled by the incumbent operators.
It does not concern new optical fibre loops, for which the market is already much more competitive.
The obligation to provide unbundled access to local copper-wire loops only concerns notified operators * designated by their national regulatory authorities (NRAs) as having significant market power. Pricing must be transparent, non-discriminatory and fair. It must be proportionate to costs, while ensuring a return which ensures the development of the existing infrastructure.
The Annex to the Regulation sets out a minimum list of items to be included in a reference offer for unbundled access to the local loop, to be published by notified operators.
Unbundled access to the local loop has been identified as an essential element of the eEurope Action Plan. It is a prerequisite for allowing Europe to match its global competitors on Internet use. Introducing competition on local copper networks will allow high-speed, fixed-price access to the Internet to spread rapidly throughout Europe.
|Key terms used in the act|
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 2887/2000 [adoption: codecision COD/2000/0185]||02.01.2001||-||Official Journal L 336 of 30.12.2000|