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Telecom monopoly may soon be broken

Telecom monopoly may soon be broken

As early as March of this year, the regulatory authority for telecommunications and post ordered that Telekom had to offer services in the narrowband area such as ISDN and in the broadband area such as the widely sought-after ADSL access for other telephone providers separately.

In this way, other telephone companies would no longer have to rent the entire telephone connection from Telekom. So far, however, there has unfortunately been a problem with the implementation of this regulation, as Telekom has granted legal means against the order. In order not to have to offer the line sharing ordered by the RegTP in the time until the final court ruling, legal protection has been applied for at the Cologne Administrative Court in the past. After this had already rejected the application, the Higher Administrative Court of Münster came to the same conclusion. Since this judgment is binding, Telekom must now at least submit a so-called reseller offer for line sharing to the telecommunications group Debitel, which had already filed a complaint with the RegTP in November 2000 against the abuse of Telekom's dominant position in the local area network. So it could shortly be possible to have the ADSL connection run via Debitel, with the telephone connection still running via Telekom. Taking into account that the minimum bandwidth of the ADSL connection at Telekom is purely a matter of determination, everyone who has not yet received an ADSL connection can breathe a sigh of relief. Many households do not receive this from Telekom only because the bandwidth is not sufficient for a TDSL connection (768kbps in the downstream). If Debitel chooses the bandwidth requirements for a “debitel DSL connection” accordingly low, many troubled users could find theirs hereBrandband internet access received. After all, for example, 400kbps downstream with ADSL flat rate would still be better than 64kbps with T-Online SurfTime90. The current judgment only applies to Debitel, but as soon as the custody about the steadfastness of the RegTP order for line sharing is completed and in favor of the regulatory authority has failed, and it looks like insider reports that the ADSL market could be sped up with new providers in the near future. However, since the first reseller price of Telekom for line sharing will be similarly inappropriately high as the prices of the wholesale flat rate, the magenta 'T' will probably remain the only rock in the surf for a while, as the RegTP will only have more after the offer Can initiate measures.