The first edition of PLUG, an award given by the Association of Telecommunications Operators, distinguished a work on Vertical Separation of networks. The work, which won the prize of 10,000 euros, is a guide for regulators that proposes a methodology for the decision process of regulators on the adequacy of the functional and structural separation of the copper network.
Luís Reis, president of Apritel, explained to TeK that the decision of the jury – of which Amado da silva, president of Anacom – was also part – fell on this work because it is a current topic and guaranteed that the association will make efforts to help publicize the results of the work, which aims to help regulators in the evaluation and decision process regarding the need, or not, for functional and structural separation of the copper network.
The winners Ricardo Gonçalves and Álvaro Nascimento received the prize during the APDC Congress, as well as the others with four honorable mentions.
The remaining works, chosen from around 30 applications submitted to the association, had the following themes: How does incumbent’s investment interact with Access pricing; Elements Hidden in Tariff per Second; Efficient Use of Existing Telecommunications Infrastructures and New Generation and SPAM – Unsolicited Electronic Communications networks.