Jul. 30, 2015

Forward looking review of future AFL element of USO in Ireland

TERA has conducted a study for the Irish regulatory authority ComReg (The Commission for Communications Regulation) about the need for Access at Fixed Location (AFL) Universal Service Obligations (USO) in the future in Ireland. TERA has analysed the demand side and the supply side for fixed telephony in Ireland and has identified scenarii to assess what would happen absent any AFL USO on the Irish territory (impact of the absence of Quality of Service obligations, impact of the absence of geograhically averaged prices obligation, impact of the absence of affordable prices obligations, etc.). TERA has considered the presence of several alternative network infrastructure in some parts of Ireland, the technological évolutions relevant to AFL, the Irish National Broadband Plan and the distribution of local loop costs in Ireland.

The report written by TERA is available at:

http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg1589a.pdf