This fascinating book examines and offers critical comments on the new `significant market power'-regime, as put into place by the 2003 European regulatory framework on electronic communications networks and services. An overview of this regime, its characteristics, guiding principles, and procedures is provided, using the mobile sector as a case study. The authors give a clear and comprehensive presentation of the new SMP-procedure that may lead to the imposition of remedies on undertakings with significant market power. The book also contains an analysis of all available European Commission comments on the notifications of draft measures by national regulatory authorities, for mobile as well as other markets.
Addressing pressing issues, in view of the implementation of the new regulatory framework, this book is a useful working instrument for everyone who is active in the electronic communications sector including practicing lawyers, firms in the electronic communications sector, regulatory authorities, academics and policymakers throughout Europe.
Peggy Valcke, Postdoctoral Researcher, Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI, part of the Institute for Broadband Technology - IBBT), K.U. Leuven and Lecturer in Media Law, K.U. Brussel, Robert Queck, Deputy Director, Research Centre for Computers and Law (CRID) and Director, Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Management of ICT (DES en DGTIC), University of Namur and Eva Lievens, Ghent University, Belgium
Contents: 1. General Context 2. Market Definition 3. Significant Market Power 4. Remedies 5. Sector-Specific Regulation and Competition Law: A Comparison Annexes Bibliography Index