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Margin squeezes (also called "price squeezes") may occur if a vertically integrated operator sets a margin between the price of its wholesale services and the price of its retail services that is insufficient to cover the costs specific to the retail market.

In 2007 BIPT adopted guidelines concerning the assessment of margin squeezes.

BIPT wishes to adopt new guidelines in the light of the developments that have since occurred in this field. With this goal in mind, on 4 December 2015, BIPT launched a consultation on a draft of new guidelines as well as two corresponding spreadsheets in Excel format, developed in order to detect a possible margin squeeze for retail services provided to residential customers and small business users based on BROBA and WBA VDSL2 (Shared VLAN) as well as multicast.

We are now proceeding to a second consultation round relating to the spreadsheet that was specifically developed for retail services provided on the basis of cable access.

This consultation relates to the following documents: A spreadsheet in Excel format, developed to detect any margin squeezes practiced by SMP operators. The version presented entails the spreadsheet for retail services based on cable access.

A manual is also available.

Deadline: until 15 April 2016
Address: consultation.sg@bipt.be
Ref. : CONSULT-2016-A5
Contact person: Tom Van Landeghem, Advisor (02 226 89 40)

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