Chairman of the Board of Directors of SHATEL Group Companies, declared suspension of Shatel’s fixed phone line services due to lack of cooperation of TCI and mobile phone operators.
Despite of the fact that it is about 8 months from providing new licenses to applicants of FCP license, and 13 applicant companies have received this license, these companies are not still able to provide their services. FCPs could provide any Internet related services regard to infrastructure networks and satellite networks monopoly and without any technological limitation, through the country. Furthermore FCPs could present their services according to TCI license, but it seems TCI has no tendency to cooperate with them.
Mohammad Hassan Shanehsazzadeh says: “since last year when we received the FCP license, we have prepared all required infrastructures and technical needs for providing new services including fixed phone lines, but unfortunately TCI in contrast to contract clauses addressed in FCP license, avoids to sign the interconnection contract and accepting communications tariff (80/20 revenue share of connections from Shatel to TCI networks and vice versa) between us and their networks.” He notes that this matter is following up through the CRA (Communications Regulatory Authority) and radio communications. He also added: equipment for setting fixed phone lines are installed in main cities in the country like Shiraz, Tehran, Mashhad etc., and if TCI and mobile phone operator willing to accomplish what they set out to do according to this license, we would be able to cover the entire country by our fixed phone line services within 1 to 2 months.
He knows the competitive market as the only reason why TCI does not cooperate with FCP license owners and added: Due to Government and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology policy on restructuring of Internet licenses, private sector companies would find appropriate condition to extend their activities and this will make the market extremely competitive. Another effect of FCP license would be on fixed phone line market as our tariff will be 10% lower than TCI current tariff.
He believes that TCI operating system leads to high cost price for each service and that company tries to increase its service prices instead of decreasing its costs, thus TCI would not willing to accept presence of new creative and innovative competitors in this market.
FCP license owners are facing Optical fiber operator (fourth operator) too. FCP license owners also could create their own networks according to optical fiber system against TCI infrastructure network monopoly. Shanehsazzadeh remarked the probability of extending the protection of fiber optic operator and said: regard to our understanding of Government, extending the license of fiber optic operator which about 4 years kept back our country from optical fiber technology extension is unlikely, and if this protection extends, this extension should contain harder conditions.
He thinks the Ministry of Communications tends to facilitate activities of Internet service providers in field of optical fiber and fixed phone lines market by FCP license, and right decisions by TCI and Fourth operator about cooperation with FCP license owners will lead to a great progress in communications market in the country within the next year.