Continued regulation of television in the terrestrial network according to PTS's obligation decision

04/11/2009

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has made decisions today regarding obligations in the wholesale market for free television broadcasting transmission in terrestrial networks. The aim of these obligations is to eliminate the effect of a lack of competition. Today's decisions replace those made by PTS in 2005.

An analysis conducted by PTS shows that Teracom is a stakeholder with significant market power in the wholesale market for free television broadcasting transmission in terrestrial networks.

"The aim of this regulation is to eliminate the effects of a lack of competition and to create the preconditions to enable the range and quality of free television for consumers to be retained", says Marianne Treschow, Director-General of PTS.

However, pay television broadcasts in the terrestrial network will no longer be regulated. According to the analysis conducted by PTS, there are opportunities for increased mobility among end users between the various platforms for television broadcasting, for example between television via the terrestrial network and television via satellite.

PTS has been consulting operators, the authorities involved and the EC Commission about these obligation decisions since October 2008.

These decisions apply from today.

Free television: channels that end users can receive free of charge without a subscription. SVT and TV4 are among the customers that purchase broadcasting services from Teracom.

Read the decision (in Swedish only)

For further information, please contact:
David Troёng, head of Competition Department, tel. 08-678 57 95 or PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 56

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) monitors the electronic communications and postal sectors in Sweden. The term ‘electronic communications’ includes telephony, the Internet and radio. The Agency works with consumer and competition issues, efficient utilisation of resources and secure communications. Read more at www.pts.se.