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Access to facilities in the telecommunications sector: An overview of EU and national case law

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Introduction – The Landscape Ensuring third-party access to facilities in the telecommunications sector is a challenge for EU competition law and regulation, which must continuously adapt in a fast-evolving environment. Following the sector liberalization, telephone operators have needed access to public switched copper networks, owned by national incumbents and built at a time when they enjoyed legal monopolies over the provision of telephone services. In principle, each operator should develop its own infrastructure when it is economically feasible to do so (as is the case for backbones, other high network layers and operating equipment). However, the local infrastructure connecting each customer’s home or office – called the local loop – is generally too costly to be duplicated.

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  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome)

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Marco D'Ostuni, Access to facilities in the telecommunications sector : An overview of EU and national case law, 10 mars 2016, e-Competitions Telecom & Access to facilities, Art. N° 45007

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