On 12-14 July 2016 a study visit of the delegates from the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) was held at the UKE premises. The visit was organised under a project titled “UKE’s support for Georgian NRA in reorganisation in order to prepare for functioning according to the EU standards” which is a part of Polish development cooperation programme coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its aim is to pass on UKE's knowledge and experience as regards the applied methods of market regulation compliant with the EU standards to the Georgian party.
The delegation was welcomed by the Deputy President of UKE Krzysztof Dyl who underlined very good relations with Georgian regulator and a long-term regular cooperation between UKE and GNCC carried our since 2011.
During the visit parties exchanged general information concerning the activities of Polish and Georgian regulators as well as telecommunications market in Poland and Georgia.
Discussions on market analysis highlighted issues such as i.a. collection, processing and publication of data from the operators (regulatory reporting), methods of financing the construction of telecommunications infrastructure including broadband infrastructure, as well as assessment of the competition level and regulatory activities undertaken on this basis.
In addition, UKE experts presented the Position of the President of UKE on price lists and evaluation of the SMP operator’s price lists. The wholesale market was discussed in connection with issues such as open access networks, regulatory obligations imposed on the SMP operator, regulation of relevant markets, reference offer and unbundling access to LLU and WBA, as well as rules for conducting price and margin squeeze tests (PS/MS).
Moreover, activities undertaken to improve access to broadband internet were discussed, especially legal and financial solutions facilitating infrastructure investments, as well as identification of areas for intervention on the basis of infrastructure inventory and data collection methodologies for the inventory.
This study visit was the first one in a series of meetings and events organised within the project carried out by UKE for GNCC under the Polish development cooperation programme in 2016.