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Antitrust offenses: Telefónica must pay half a million euro penalty

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

The Spanish telecommunications group Telefónica must pay 500,000 euro penalty for "very serious" violations of national competition law. It was the timely message of new prices and a lock of eleven SMS premium services of another provider.

Telefónica had namely the Spanish antitrust authority Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la competencia (CNMC) do not have package rates for broadband and phone of her daughter MoviStar agreed. As leader she must make at least one month advance the cartel guards known such prices. In reality, the CNMC but found her hitherto unknown prices on the Web site of MoviStar.

"Through such notifications, CNMC can check prices, offers, discounts or promotions and ensure that alternative operators on the same conditions can keep up, without violation of agreements", it says in a statement of the CNMC. Due to neglect of the reporting requirement she imposed 250,000 euro penalty.

Also, a quarter of a million euro must pay Telefónica because it blocked 11 premium SMS numbers of competitors. A decision was preceded by the, Telefónica must undo lock 26 SMS services the company NVIA. Affiliated Telefónica but only 15 of the numbers turned freely again, CNMC later found out. The CNMC that Telefónica ignored the warning in this way, considers "a very serious breach".

In the autumn of last year, competitors over Telefónica and its partner Yoigo had complained in another case. Within the framework of an agreement, Telefónica received Yoigos LTE network access while the partner of broadband services through Telefónica could offer infrastructure. The competition but noted that the offers from the two partners almost exactly offset in name and price. They argued that this was an anti-competitive case of collusion.

[with material by Steve Evans,]

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