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EBRD holds new technical assistance project for Moldova

Moldova's telecommunications authority Anrceti hosted a new technical assistance project organised by a team of international experts from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) between 6 and 10 September. EBRD conducted several workshops focused on current issues of the local telecommunications market for Anrceti staff and representatives of several telecommunications companies of Moldova.

The workshops were held by David Rogerson and Matt Halfmann, representatives of the consulting company Great Village International Consultants (GVIC) from Canada. The sessions, attended by representatives of local companies Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova and Moldcell, were focused on issues of costs modeling for interconnection services and the implementation of the separate accounting. These and other issues, such as market analyses undertaken by Anrceti, were subject to joint discussions.

At present, the agency is conducting a detailed analysis of six relevant markets to determine whether one or more providers have significant power (SMP). The agency will establish special ex-ante obligations for the SMP providers in order to develop competition on these markets. By the end of the year, the agency intends to complete the analysis of at least another four electronic communications markets to determine their relevance for ex-ante regulation.

The technical assistance project 'Communications regulation development' is intended to last two years and will end in October 2011. Its purpose is to offer assistance to Anrceti in the implementation of the Law on Electronic Communications and adjustment of national regulatory practices to EU standards and norms. The following stage of the technical assistance programme is scheduled for 27 - 30 September. (TelecomPaper)


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