Together with London consultancy Ventura Team, Aphaia has prepared a study with the optimal strategy for developing high speed-broadband in the rural areas of Slovenia, an example of a country with early mass market FTTH investment and competition that, however, remained limited to urban areas.
The study was prepared by world-renown experts in competition in electronic communications, Dr Boštjan Makarovič and Stefan Stanislawski.
The current model of regulation – that sees the incumbent operators across Europe act as both the network operator and the leading retail service operator – has not produced desirable results in the sense of high-speed broadband internet coverage. Consequently, there exists across Europe a fibre deprivation in the countryside.
Relying on a financial model developed by Ventura Team and Aphaia, the study in the form of a White Paper demonstrates the deprivation of the countryside due to the lack of ‘clawback’ regulation and puts forward the idea of an alternative regulatory regime, whereby a separate company (NetCo) would be created in order to provide for both the NGA coverage and copper replacement in all the areas not subject to infrastructure competition and fibre investment.
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