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Turk Telekom rapped by regulator

Turkey's monopoly landline operator has been threatened with daily fines unless it changes the way it charges rival ISPs for access to its network.

Turk Telekom has been found guilty of violating competition rules in its dealings with other Internet Service Providers.

Turkey’s Competition Board made the judgement against the landline monopoly after complaints about its pricing policy, and ordered TT to make changes to its system within two weeks or face daily fines of nearly US $800.

At present, the operator charges ISPs to hire virtual points of presence (PoPs), places to dial in to the landline network. This system will now be scrapped, along with TT’s policy of demanding details of ISPs’ business plans and technical details that give it an unfair advantage.

Things could still get worse for TT, as the Competition Board’s announcement is just an interim ruling. The Telecommunications Authority is also carrying out a separate investigation into the issue ahead of TT’s long-delayed privatisation.

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