In a release on its website yesterday, Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulacny Urad – RU) reported that the Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by incumbent telco Slovak Telekom (ST) against RU’s previous decision to impose obligations on ST as a significant market power (SMP) operator in the wholesale market for services including full local loop unbundling (LLU) of copper and fibre-optic access infrastructure – namely ‘Market 4’ (defined as wholesale physical access including shared unbundled access or fully unbundled access provided through infrastructure at a fixed location). The court ruled that ST must continue to provide competing operators with shared/full LLU access to its copper and direct fibre local access lines under the terms approved by RU. The court did not grant ST any costs. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that in January 2012 the regulator (then known as the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic – TU SR) declared ST to be an SMP operator for shared and full LLU access to direct optical fibre access infrastructure, having originally proposed the measure in November 2010, meaning that all ST’s existing obligations regarding transparency, non-discrimination, accounting separation, access and price regulation for its unbundled copper local loops now applied to equivalent wholesale fibre last-mile access services.
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