What is TUSR and what are its goals?
TUSR is an independent and non-political association. The members are telecommunication operators who have committed to conduct business ethically, support economic competition and focus on the development of electronic communication networks and services in Slovakia for the benefit of consumers. Operators from TUSR deal with the competition decisively, but in a good faith, in accordance with the principles of fair and open competition rules and in the interest of the good name of the entire industry.
The goal of TUSR is to create partnerships and submit initiative proposals in order to solve shortcomings that negatively affect competition and make doing business in Slovakia even more difficult. The members of TUSR are represented by experienced managers and technicians, cooperating with renowned international experts in the field of regulation, law and communication, who act on the so-called best practice of EU member countries.
Consumers are best protected by competition
TUSR is a member of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) and establishes cooperation with telecommunications associations from neighboring countries as well. ECTA is a pan-European pro-competition association representing more than 100 pro-competitive telecommunications operators and digital solutions providers across Europe. According to ECTA, consumers are best protected by competition. Incumbents must not be allowed to obstruct competition, and regulators should not pick winners or losers. ECTA members believe that competition is the best driver of effective investment and the biggest enabler of innovation, choice and benefits for citizens and businesses, as well as for the European economy as a whole.
How was TUSR established
The Telecommunication union of the Slovak Republic replaced the original Association of Local Internet Providers (ALPI), which focused on supporting the development of the internet in the Slovak Republic and initially the association brought together local internet providers only. ALPI gradually began to focus on other areas and its members expanded the range of services provided. Some members of ALPI gradually grew, becoming regional operators that provide voice and television services in addition to the internet. The membership base consists of approximately 50 operators and continues to grow. Currently, TUSR members are not only local and regional operators, but also operators providing wholesale services in Slovak Republic.