More Africa NewsTunisia: INT publishes draft decision on fibre networks

August 25, 2023by myles0

Tunisian telecoms watchdog the National Telecommunications Authority (Instance Nationale des Telecommunications, INT) has published for consultation a draft decision on guidelines for the deployment of fibre infrastructure. The decision highlights the importance of fibre networks in achieving the government’s targets of narrowing the digital divide and improving access to high quality broadband services. The new rules aim to encourage efficient investment in fibre networks in part by encouraging shared usage of such infrastructure. As such, the decision sets out rules for sharing access to infrastructure, which would also be made mandatory by the regulations. The draft decision also includes proposed economic conditions, including requirements to provide prices for three categories of service: fibre optic access services; access to civil engineering facilities; and mobile backhaul services. The INT’s view is that there should be pricing differentiation between active and passive access tariffs, but that pricing should not be a significant economic hinderance to operators. Industry stakeholders have until 11 September 2023 to submit comments on the proposals.

Source: Commsupdate

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