Regulation of Competition and Consumer Conditions
The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate takes part in ensuring well-functioning and efficient competition in the field of telecommunication for the consumers who benefit from low prices on mobile telephony and broadband.
Well-functioning competition in the field of telecommunication
The field of mobile telephony and the fixed-line broadband market is today characterised by well-functioning competition of benefit to the consumers.
A complete liberalisation of the telecommunication infrastructure and associated telecommunication services was implemented as of 1July 1996. The further vision of the telecommunication sector was politically defined in the 1999 conciliation, where development of the digital infrastructure should be based on a market principle and a principle of technology neutrality.
The liberalisation was made possible due i.a. to a significant technology development that allowed more providers at a time to compete for the provision of digital services based on the same infrastructure. This means that Danish households and companies have some of the lowest prices in the EU as to internet and mobile telephony.
During the last ten years, there has been a significant drop of the prices on mobile telephony and broadband.
Based on a consumption of 30 minutes and 300 SMS messages the price of mobile telephony has for example dropped from DKK 75 to DKK 42 during the period 2006-2016. A 20/2 Mbit/s broadband connection with unlimited consumption has in the period 2010-2016 dropped from DKK 348 to DKK 219. Finally, a mobile broadband connection with a speed of at least 3000/384 kbit/s and at least 5 GB has dropped from DKK 149 to DKK 49 in the period 2009-2016.
Supervision of telecommunications
The supervision of telecommunications is today shared between the Danish Energy Agency and the Danish Business Authority.
The Danish Energy Agency supervises i.a. number resources, frequency assignments and auctions as well as the legislation on masts and excavation.
The tasks of the authorities in relation to the sector-specific regulation of competition of the telecommunication market are managed by the Danish Business Authority.