Sapo opens laboratory at the University of Aveiro

ADSL without associated telephone line service under study

Sapo opens laboratory at the University of Aveiro

Seeking to assess the interest of operators in new alternatives for the provision of broadband Internet access services based on DSL technology, Anacom initiated a public consultation for the naked DSL (NDSL), which would allow service providers to offer consumers a connection without having to contract fixed-line service.

Currently, in order to have an ADSL connection, it is necessary for part of the consumers to have a fixed telephone line and the associated voice service, regardless of the form of application of the subscription. The offer of ADSL without the PT Comunicações telephone service is already possible, but only in areas where alternative operators have invested in their own network or resort to the Local Loop Offer (by renting lines from PT’s network).

With the introduction of the new offer, it would be up to the users to choose whether or not to use the fixed voice service, which in Anacom’s opinion may increase the penetration of the broadband Internet access service.

The alternative naked DSL is now available in several Member States, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain.

In a statement, Anacom stresses that with the new possibility, ISPs would also have greater flexibility in the development of retail offers, decoupling the voice from ADSL. The regulator adds that the naked DSL «also allows innovation by promoting more favorable conditions for integrated offers of fixed and mobile communications (boosting the MVNO market at national level) and of triple or quadruple play, which will ultimately contribute to promoting the penetration of broadband Internet access services in Portugal «.

The NDSL service would be made available at a wholesale level in conjunction with PT Comunicações’ current ADSL PT Network offer, so it does not raise significant technical or operational issues at the outset, Anacom says.

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