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Communications Act 2003

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79Market power determinations
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(1)Before making a market power determination, OFCOM must—

(a)identify (by reference, in particular, to area and locality) the markets which in their opinion are the ones which in the circumstances of the United Kingdom are the markets in relation to which it is appropriate to consider whether to make the determination; and

(b)carry out an analysis of the identified markets.

(2)In identifying or analysing any services market for the purposes of this Chapter, OFCOM must take due account of all applicable guidelines and recommendations which—

(a)have been issued or made by the European Commission in pursuance of the provisions of a Community instrument; and

(b)relate to market identification and analysis.

(3)In considering whether to make or revise a market power determination in relation to a services market, OFCOM must take due account of all applicable guidelines and recommendations which—

(a)have been issued or made by the European Commission in pursuance of the provisions of a Community instrument; and

(b)relate to market analysis or the determination of what constitutes significant market power.

(4)The way in which—

(a)a market is to be identified for the purposes of this section, or

(b)a market power determination is to be made,

is by the publication of a notification containing the identification or determination.

(5)Notifications for the purposes of subsection (4)—

(a)may be given separately;

(b)may be contained in a single notification relating to both the identification of a market and the making of a market determination in relation to that market; or

(c)may be contained in a single notification under section 48(1) with respect to the setting or modification of an SMP condition and either—

(i)the making of the market power determination by reference to which OFCOM set or modify that condition; or

(ii)the making of that market power determination and the identification of the market in relation to which they make that determination.

(6)The publication of a notification under this section must be in such manner as appears to OFCOM to be appropriate for bringing the contents of the notification to the attention of the persons who, in OFCOM’s opinion, are likely to be affected by the matters notified.

(7)References in this section to guidelines and recommendations issued by the European Commission and to a Community instrument include references, respectively, to guidelines and recommendations issued after the commencement of this section and to a Community instrument made after the commencement of this section.

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