Datagroup for State Regulation of Market of Access to Electric Communication Cable Ductwork

Datagroup, a Kyiv-based telecom company, stands for state regulation of the market of access to electric communication cable ductwork, company deputy director-general Maksim Smelianets has announced at a conference devoted to regulation in the sphere of telecommunications.

“A very important point is endorsement of bill No. 5333, which would authorize the National Communications Regulatory Commission for regulation of this market, unregulated at the moment,” he said.

Smelianets notes, after gaining the power to regulate the market the Commission will have to work out tariffs acceptable for all market players.

He believes that total lack of regulation at the cable ductwork market will entail operators’ financial losses and difficulties with attracting investments to this market.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, in November 2009 members of parliament Vitalii Korzh of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Yurii Moroko of the Party of Regions proposed that parliament introduce state regulation of tariffs for access to electric communication cable ductwork.

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

Communications operators asked the Antimonopoly Committee in December to declare Ukrtelecom a monopoly on the market of communications cable ducts.

This February, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine said it saw no grounds to declare Ukrtelecom a monopoly on the market of services of access to electric communication cable ductwork.

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