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EU Communications Law

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EU Communications Law

Significant Market Power in the Mobile Sector

9781845424169 Edward Elgar Publishing
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
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 416 9 Extent: 200 pp
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.

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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.
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‘The book offers an extensive overview of the main characteristics of the 2003 EU regulatory framework regarding the imposition of remedies upon undertakings with significant market power (SMP), the legal texts and procedures preceding and deriving from this regime, as well as clear and accurate definitions of the markets concerned and is organized in five very concise chapters. . . The book is clearly written with electronic communications specialists in mind, i.e. practicing lawyers, regulatory authorities, policymakers and firms in the European electronic communications sector. Nevertheless, the clear structure, together with the more simply written tables and annexes of the book allow even readers who are new to the topic to follow the issues examined here with relative ease, as it helps maintain a flow throughout the book and cohesion between the policies examined here, the relevant legal documents and their practical implementation. The extensive bibliography at the end provides a great source for further reading in the areas of EU electronic communications and EU competition laws. . . This is definitely an indispensable book for those working in the electronic communications sector, not only for the specialized lawyers but also for the firms themselves, as it successfully guides the reader through the often labyrinthine regulatory framework and sector-specific legal texts. . .’
– Asimina Michailidou, Journal of Contemporary European Studies
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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
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