Anacom will always force MEO to lower the price of DTT services – Telecommunications

Anacom will always force MEO to lower the price of DTT services - Telecommunications

The regulator has confirmed the drop of more than 15% in the amounts that the operator of Altice charges for the transmission of the channels of RTP, SIC and TVI.

Anacom informs that it imposed on MEO a reduction of 15.16% in the annual price of the service of transport and diffusion of the digital terrestrial television signal (DTT), confirming the probable meaning decision announced last July.

The regulator recalls that the current price decrease was decided after a prior hearing of the interested parties and a public consultation that took place during 30 working days, followed by a period of extension, adding that six entities were pronounced.

The price reduction results from an assessment carried out by the regulatory authority, which led to the conclusion that the prices currently in force and agreed between the company and the television operators "do not comply with one of the principles introduced by Law no. 33/2016, of August 24, since they exceed the price limit presented in the tender that won the public tender for the allocation of the right to use frequencies associated with Mux A (of 885.1 thousand euros per year and per Mbps) can be read in the same statement.

MEO now has 10 business days to notify RTP, SIC and TVI of the new prices. Within the same period, it shall communicate the revised prices, simultaneously and in full, to all television operators.

It should be noted that the annual assessment of the need to revise the prices charged for the provision of DTT service by Anacom is provided for by law. The prices in force, which were established through the agreements, also reflected a reduction in relation to prices previously practiced.

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