Antimonopoly Committee Sees No Grounds Declare Ukrtelecom Monopoly On Market Of Communications Cable Ducts

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) sees no grounds to declare Ukrtelecom a monopoly on the market of communications cable ducts. Oleksandr Melnychenko, acting head of AMCU, announced this at a press conference.

“There is a number of other operators competing with Ukrtelecom on this market. Thus, there are no grounds to speak about monopoly here,” he said.

In his opinion, a document drawn up by the National Commission for Regulating Communications on the order of calculation of rates on access to communications cable ducts could settle the questions on the market.

In October 2009, the National Commission for Regulating Communications drew up a draft document to regulate the rates on access to communications cable ducts. The draft document is being studied by ministries and other state bodies.

As Ukrainian News reported, in December 2009 communications operators asked the Antimonopoly Committee to declare Ukrtelecom a monopoly on the market of communications cable ducts.

Ukrtelecom raised the fee for access to its cable ducts 6-8-fold on July 1, 2009, prompting dissatisfaction among most telecommunications operators.

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