Shortwave: Another List of Blocked Sites and Another Revival of Mobile Market Analysis –

On August 17, 2022, the Czech Communications Authority (ČTÚ) released another draft version of the wholesale mobile market analysis, officially topping the number of issues of the 5G auction terms, which also at one point saw several muddled rewrites.

Let us remind you that the Counter-Terrorism Unit held a previous consultation on the draft regulations for the mobile market from May 27 to June 27, 2022, and took the comments in the consultation only as a framework, because, as he himself stated, “I received some basic comments, which required a more thorough evaluation and calculations, and it was necessary to comment on them in the analysis or to complete the relevant chapters”. At the same time, ČTÚ conducted an analysis of the final decision of the European Commission on the issue of mobile phone sharing in the Czech Republic and voluntarily accepted the commitments.

The scope of the proposed regulation remains the same, both in terms of the number of regulated entities (all three mobile operators) and in terms of corrective measures (including wholesale price regulation, wholesale prices will be set on the principle of no margin pressure).

A relatively large part of the new proposal is devoted to ČTÚ analysis to justify why the national roaming obligations of O2 in the so-called 5G auction did not increase the level of effective economic competition in the Czech mobile market. ČTÚ believes that according to the information provided to it by the relevant authorities (and after their own assessment), “Market entry will not be implemented using the national roaming obligation imposed before 2025.”. The regulator says frankly, who – which “There is no certainty or reasonable degree of probability that a new national operator will enter the retail and wholesale markets based on the use of the national roaming commitment or commercial national roaming within the time horizon of the market analysis.”.

In Chapter 3.1.10 of the Analysis Project, ČTÚ states that “To provide national roaming using the spectrum groups distributed in the Czech Republic, an investment in the visiting operator’s network may be necessary (must?) and not yet achieved. Specifically, it is an investment in “core” network infrastructure systems to provide 5G type SA (type “Stand Alone”). This may not have been known before…

And even if that happened, he wouldn’t win. An important aspect that affects the end customer satisfaction of national roaming recipients and operating costs is the extent and density of population coverage through its own network. If the network coverage of the national roaming recipient is heterogeneous, the end devices may adversely affect the quality of services from the end customer’s point of view through frequent switching between networks. The condition is not suitable.

In another paragraph, ČTÚ says that “According to his information, coverage of all realistic potential beneficiaries of national roaming (oh, there are also unrealistic potential beneficiaries of national roaming? And may I know who they are?) is far from consistent and homogeneous, especially for internal coverage in the 3400-frequency band – 3600MHz”. What a surprise. And cherry: “If the end device of the customer receiving national roaming is in national roaming, it periodically checks for the presence of its own network (so-called background scans”). The final device may not be available during this search. “ (!!!)

Pink glasses worn by the then Minister of Industry and Trade after the end of the auction Karel Havliciccompletely crushed:

Karel Havlíček: “That is why the government pulled out the emergency brake in January and commissioned CTÚ to prepare a new version of the auction that will support competition at different levels of infrastructure. ČTÚ has been able to fulfill this task.”

CTU in Analysis Project: No.

Karel Havlíček: “On the basis of a government mandate, CTÚ in the Czech Republic has set up an auction that offers a solution through national price-oriented roaming even for small players in the market.”

CTU in Analysis Project: No.

Karel Havlíček: “Thanks to this change, small players will be able to work in the entire network at low prices, which will create a very strong competition for existing players. When translating into Czech, local operators get an unprecedented opportunity to work under favorable conditions in the entire market.”

CTU in Analysis Project: No.

Karel Havlíček: “Thanks to the possibility of national roaming for operators that competed for frequencies in the 3.4 to 3.8 GHz bands, real pressure will be created to further reduce mobile tariffs. Thanks to a total of three operators. The auction brought another player in the mobile market – Centronet – to The smaller companies that exist: PODA and Nordic Telecom. All these small operators now have the opportunity to be a real competitor in the mobile market.”

CTU in Analysis Project: No.

So that “the good news” is not enough, he said david slecic, the so-called spectral limits in the 3400-3800MHz band will expire this year on November 22, 2022. This means that the new operators will be able to offer their spectrum to the existing big three. And some shy offers are said to be already falling back on the market.

So who is the winner in the end? Definitely outside consulting firms. According to the latest entries in the Contract Registry, ECOVIS FACTA can, for example, congratulate itself, Well-coordinated team providing comprehensive tax, accounting and corporate advisory services since 1995. For 1,950,000 CZK (is it a coincidence that this amount was in the order of a small contract?) the Anti-Terrorism Unit will advise:

  1. By analyzing the comments of the European Commission on the analysis of the wholesale market;
  2. By carrying out wholesale market data analysis with a view to preparing documents to reconcile European Commission comments;
  3. By proposing a settlement of the European Commission’s comments and preparing documents for the CTU Council;
  4. By preparing a document for public consultation and resolution.
Author: screenshot, Jaromir Novak

Although some customers on Google are ruthless about the team, congratulations.

(The author of the text is the former chair of the TÚ Council, who resigned in 2020 due to pressure from then-Minister Karel Havlicek to change the terms of the 5G frequencies auction, editor’s note.)

More blocking sites

Another list of blocked websites has been taken care of by MPs. With the parliamentary amendment, we have another office that can issue a block list for websites. On August 16, 2022, the President signed into law August 10, 2022 amending Law No. 242/2000 Coll. , regarding organic agriculture and amending Law No. 368/1992 Coll. , regarding administrative fees, as amended, as amended, and Law No. 146/2002 on State Examination of Agriculture and Food and amending some relevant laws and its amendments. This bill was enriched with amendments in the House of Representatives during the meeting of the Agriculture Committee, which included the competence to create and maintain another list of blocked sites.

The State Inspectorate of Agriculture and Food now maintains and publishes a list of websites that offer dangerous foods or those whose content seriously violates the requirements established by the legal regulations for which the inspection is responsible (“list of sites”) and publishes it on its website and decides on the registration of sites in the list of sites and their deletion from the list of sites.

In contrast to the competence of the Ministry of Finance, the above-mentioned power is given to the Inspectorate, and the appellate body is the Central Inspectorate for Inspection (Article 3c). Participants in the actions are the operator or owner of the domain name of the website, which is subject to the registration procedure for the list of websites. If it is not possible to identify a participant in the actions, then he will be identified in the actions in the actions as the operator or owner of the domain name of the website, the subject of the registration procedure for the list of sites, and the address of this site. In these cases, the Inspectorate does not appoint a trustee in the proceedings.

The inspection body delivers the written document to the participant in the proceedings by a general decree, and the written document is also sent to the participant of known residence or domicile at this address.

The inspection is obliged to enter the site in the list of sites or delete the site from the list of sites immediately after the decision to register or delete becomes legal. The provider of Internet access in the territory of the Czech Republic is subject to a fine, obligated to block access to sites included in the list of sites within 15 days from the date of publication of the site in the list of sites.


How to sabotage

In 2008, the CIA declassified the publication A Simple Field Guide to Sabotage, prepared by his predecessor, the OSS. Some of the instructions seem outdated, and others remain surprisingly up to date. For example:

  • Make speeches.” Speak often and for as long as possible. Prove your “points” with long anecdotes and personal experiences.
  • If possible, set up committees and refer all matters to ‘further consideration and consideration’. Try to make the committee as large as possible – no fewer than five members at all.
  • Submit as many irrelevant questions as possible.

If you look around, is there a “vandal” in your workplace? 🙂

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