Irish telco Eircom has jumped aboard the bandwagon of structural separation into wholesale and retail operations. However, the company plans is to pursue a corporate split to its literal extreme by actually selling the resulting retail division to a new owner and retaining ownership of the Eircom network and wholesale group.
Structural separation is becoming a trend internationally, as several carriers have pursued splits voluntarily, while others have been urged to do so by their national regulators. The European Union also is discussing Viviane Reding's plan for a Pan-continental regulatory body that could enforce and monitor structural separation, among other issues.
- The Irish Independent has this piece on Eircom's plans
- TeliaSonera is doing the wholesale/retail split
- The EU is at odd over Reding's European markets proposal