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Antitrust: EFTA Surveillance Authority opens proceedings against Telenor

26.3.2014

PR(14)21

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has opened formal antitrust proceedings against Telenor Norge AS and its parent company Telenor ASA to investigate whether they may have infringed the competition rules in the EEA Agreement.

The Authority will examine whether Telenor has charged prices resulting in an illegal margin squeeze on its competitors in respect of the provision of retail mobile data services and of bundles of retail mobile telecommunications services. The Authority also intends to investigate whether clauses in Telenor's retail agreements concluded with customers for the supply of mobile telecommunications services give rise to market foreclosure concerns.

Such conduct, if it has occurred, is likely to have had a negative impact on consumer welfare, in particular by impeding market entry and expansion, thus limiting consumer choice and the prospect of lower retail prices and increased product innovation.

Per Andreas Bjørgan, Director of the Authority's Competition & State Aid Directorate, stated: “The decision to open proceedings does not signify that the Authority has made a finding of infringement or prejudge in any way the outcome of the investigation; it only means that the Authority will proceed with an in-depth investigation.

Background

The Authority carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA in December 2012. A significant amount of data, including electronic data was collected.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

 




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