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ESA takes further steps in Telenor investigation

25.6.2019

PR(19)17 

EN | NO

ESA has put additional arguments and evidence to Telenor in the investigation into whether the company abused a dominant market position in the mobile communications sector in Norway.

ESA (EFTA Surveillance Authority) issued a Supplementary Statement of Objections (SSO) to Telenor yesterday, 24 June. This is a formal step in the investigation, in which ESA informs the party concerned in writing of additional arguments and evidence underpinning the objections raised against it.

On grounds of priority, ESA is now focusing its investigative efforts on the margins available to competitors in mobile broadband services offered to private users. ESA is discontinuing the part of the investigation into breakage fees/clauses in Telenor's contracts with business users, but will maintain a close eye on market practices in this regard.

The SSO supplements ESA's preliminary view outlined in a Statement of Objections in February 2016, that Telenor may have hindered rivals by squeezing their margins when supplying stand-alone mobile broadband services to residential customers in Norway.

Since then, ESA has examined Telenor's detailed reply and gathered additional information from market participants. This further investigative work has produced additional arguments and evidence, supporting the preliminary view that Telenor may have abused a dominant position.

By issuing this SSO, ESA is communicating these additional elements to Telenor to give the company an opportunity to reply. Telenor is invited to comment on the SSO by 13 August 2019 and may ask to be heard in an oral hearing. The sending of an SSO does not prejudge the outcome of the proceedings.

For further information, please contact:

Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

 




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