Telecommunications - consolidation of liberalisation

The consolidation of liberalisation and the minimisation of barriers blocking the development of effective competition are the main goals of ICP-ANACOM?s regulatory, supervision and sanctions activity for the telecommunications sector in 2002.

Efforts were thus made to improve conditions for access to the historic operator?s fixed network, lowering financial and physical barriers and preventing anti-competitive practices via multiple instruments such as lower prices for interconnection and line leasing and revised provision of unbundled local loop, as well as the creation of competitive conditions for ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) service provision.

Other concerns were related to universal telecommunications service, monitoring the development of new technological systems, licensing and authorisation procedures for service operators and providers and the respective monitoring, radio spectrum management, and regulation and supervision of markets for equipment and telecommunications infrastructures in buildings.