TODAY’S – Watchdog: State TV and telecom violating competition

Watchdog: State TV and telecom violating competitionIn its latest report reviewing the suitability of the countryand#39s legislation for free market conditions, the Competition Board (RK) stated that certain privileges granted to state-run firms or companies partially owned by the state such as Turk Telekom, the Turkish Satellite Communications Company (Turksat) and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) limit or bar competition.According to a recent report released by the board on Tuesday, current laws grant considerable aantages to state firms and should be amended in line with the andldquoLegislation List and Competition Assessment Guideandrdquo prepared by the board.

The board finds objectionable the article stating: andldquoTurk Telekom is authorized to provide all telecommunication services and operate the telecommunication infrastructure within the law,andrdquo since this leads to a monopoly in the market.The board notes another article in the same law which provides several economic and legal aantages to Turksat, excluding other firms in the sectorThe report also finds that the TRT is exempt from certain fees and taxes.

Speaking to the media during a press conference on Tuesday, the head of the RK, Nurettin KaldIrImcI, stressed that public authorities should act to minimize limits on competition and consider possible direct and indirect effects of these limits on the economy when they make regulations.KaldIrImcI said the RK examined the suitability of 10,398 legal regulations, out of which 347 were deemed to be contrary to competition.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman