ANACOM has approved a methodology for setting access prices for infrastructures suitable for hosting communications networks. The proposal in public consultation until February 26 aims to standardize access rules by establishing a maximum price that the entities that manage or own these infrastructures will be able to charge. Nevertheless, the regulator indicates that the organizations in question will be able to charge lower prices “if they understand it”.
Second ANACOM's draft regulation, the maximum “ceiling” of the amount to be paid for access to infrastructure will be subject to revisions. Its periodicity "may vary between one and three years", the first of which must be carried out within a maximum period of 90 consecutive days after the entry into force of this regulation, pursuant to article 35. "
The regulatory authority shall indicate in press release, which its proposal wants to “facilitate and encourage the deployment of high-speed electronic communications networks through the use of existing infrastructures”. ANACOM believes that the methodology will allow a more efficient and transparent use of the methodology as well as a lower cost to the national economy.
As it addresses different types of owners, from telecommunications operators to state agencies, ANACOM states that it has sought to consider its impact on entities' "investment incentives, competition and economic and financial sustainability". According to the regulator, the proposed methodology “constitutes the most proportional, adjusted and non-discriminatory solution”, as it ensures the principle of non-cross-subsidization between sectors, something that could lead to the definition of different prices for similar services.