Margin squeeze possibly constitutes a threat to competition on the electronic communications markets, especially as regards broadband Internet access and leased lines. Margin squeeze occurs when a vertically integrated operator with significant market power (SMP) at wholesale level positions his retail prices in such a manner that the margin between the costs of the wholesale input and the retail prices is insufficient to enable a competitor to offer similar retail products.
In order to address the competition issues, the CRC and BIPT prohibited the SMP operators to apply a margin squeeze in the framework of several decisions. In order to materialise the prohibition to apply a margin squeeze, as can be imposed based on a market analysis procedure, BIPT publishes this document containing its guidelines for the implementation of margin squeeze tests. These clarify the principles according to which BIPT shall examine a margin squeeze.
Earlier guidelines regarding the assessment of price squeeze laid down in its decision of 11 July 2007, shall be abolished by BIPT.