May. 12, 2016

TERA Consultants report on the forward looking review of the “access at a fixed location” element of the universal service obligations in Ireland

TERA has conducted a study for the Irish telecommunication regulatory authority ComReg (Commission for Communication Regulation) that aims at presenting the different options for the “access at a fixed location” obligations to be imposed on the Universal Service Provider. This includes reasonable access threshold (maximum cost to consider an access request reasonable), functional internet access, affordability, quality of service, expenditure control.

One of the specificities of this analysis is that it takes into account the different local competition environment (areas where there is infrastructure-based market-driven competition, areas where the National Broadband Plan is likely to be deployed, areas where Eir is the only available infrastructure).

The report in available in English on ComReg’s website:

http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg1631a.pdf