With Bosnia’s Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) having held its regular meeting session it has announced a number of notable developments, chief among them being a confirmation that the country’s fixed voice operators must rebalance their tariffs in line with Rule 67/2012. As such, the regulator noted that the setup charge for a fixed voice line will be reduced, although the monthly subscription rates for each operator will increase. For BH Telecom the monthly fixed line subscription charge will be BAM10.30 (USD7.12) per month, representing a 5% rise from the current price, while Telekom Srpske (m:tel) will increase its price by 18% to BAM12.95 per month. The market’s smallest player, HT Mostar will, meanwhile, retain its current monthly charge of BAM13.00 per month.
Following the regulatory session the CRA also revealed that, having examined the quality of the nation’s GMS/UMTS services, it found that more than 99% of calls had been successfully completed. Further, the watchdog confirmed that it is conducting a market analysis of both the wholesale (physical) network infrastructure access market (market 4) and the wholesale market for broadband access (market 5); the CRA said that such actions represented the first step in the process of market regulation.
Rounding out its announcements, the CRA noted that the Telecommunications Sector Policy for the period 2013-2017 had, however, yet to be adopted. When it is though, the regulator has claimed it will: enable further strategic development and improvement of the telecommunications sector; allow for the development of next generation networks (NGNs); encourage new investment in the country’s telecoms sectors; boost competition; lower prices; and help introduce a wider range of services for end users.