The European Commission has put forward a new proposal to revise guidelines on Significant Market Power for national regulators. This proposal is a step forward in improving the environment under the Digital Single Market by benefitting consumers and small companies in Europe.

The proposed measure includes a revision of the guidelines on Significant Market Power (SMP) which will guide National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) when analysing telecoms markets. The revised Guidelines reflect the latest developments in case-law and address issues which have become more prominent in recent years, such as the competitive impact of online service providers that entered the market and started to offer internet based services, increased provision of bundled services (internet, voice and TV content) at retail level, competitive pressure of cable-based services as well as the transition from monopolistic to oligopolistic market structures in some countries. This will help NRAs to correctly delineate markets in the electronic communications sector and to identify significant market power of operators.

The revision of SMP guidelines took into account a public consultation running from March to June 2017, an external study, and an opinion of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications.

More details on the new guidelines