Overall, HT, Iskon Internet and Optima Telekom held 76 percent of all connections on the broadband retail market at the end of the first half of 2014.
Deutsche Telekom was long thought of as the frontrunner to buy the Slovene state’s majority shareholding in Slovenia’s largest ISP, Telekom Slovenije.
After the CCA reached its decision, in July 2014 HAKOM declared Optima was a (temporary) operator with significant market power, and assigned it the same regulatory obligations as it had previously assigned to HT’s Iskon Internet.
The permission was good for four years, with no possibility of extension, and carried several further conditions and rules of conduct.
The Croatian subsidiary of Ernst & Young was appointed as trustee to monitor the implementation.
The undisputed leader among Croatian internet service providers is Hrvatski Telekom (HT), which controls about three quarters of the broadband market.