June / July 1999

Netherlands: Competition Authority endorses PTT Post's charges for PO box services

01 June 1999

Complaints have been made to the Dutch Competition Authority that PTT Post abused its dominant position in the market for post office boxes by introducing charges for these services. The Authority pulled out all the stops in its investigation of the potential abuse, which included an analysis of PTT Post’s costs and profits, an analysis of the prices in other geographical areas and undertakings for PTT Post regarding the treatment of potential competing suppliers and the notification any future price increases to the Authority. The Dutch Competition Authority cooperated on the case with OPTA, the Independent Post & Telecommunications Authority, which has stated that the new pricing is not cross-subsidised. The Authority subsequently approved the new pricing by PTT Post.