Work Area: Telecoms

EFTA court upholds regional enforcer’s largest-ever fine

The European Free Trade Association Court has upheld a €112 million fine that the region’s competition authority imposed on Telenor for abusing its dominance in the wholesale mobile broadband market.

09 May 2022

BT class action claim can proceed on opt-out basis, UK appellate court rules

A UK appellate court has dismissed BT’s attempt to overturn the certification of a class action claim against it on an opt-in basis, ruling that the country’s specialist competition tribunal has full discretion to certify a class action claim as opt-in or opt-out.

06 May 2022

Italian court overturns TIM’s €3.7 million margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has annulled the national antitrust authority’s €3.7 million penalty to Telecom Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, seven months after overturning an even larger fine on Vodafone Italia for the same conduct.

13 April 2022

Italy enhances scrutiny of 5G and cloud tech deals under national security powers

The Italian government has approved amendments to its “golden power” foreign investment law that will give it more oversight over deals and commercial agreements involving 5G and cloud technology.

22 March 2022

Vestager ready to prioritise telecoms markets following digital legislation

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said she wants to dedicate time and focus to lowering barriers for “pan-European consolidation” in the telecommunications market.

17 March 2022

BT challenges certification of opt-out excessive pricing claim

Telecoms company BT has told an appeals court in London that the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal was wrong to certify a class-action lawsuit against it on an opt-out basis because the class representative can contact practically all members of the class.

15 March 2022

Disney subsidiary faces investigation in India over alleged discriminatory pricing

The Competition Commission of India has ordered a full investigation into Star India after making a preliminary finding that the media company abused its dominance by charging discriminatory prices for its “indispensable” television channel offerings.

07 March 2022

CMA clears telecoms merger with remedies

The UK’s competition enforcer has conditionally cleared Cellnex’s acquisition of CK Hutchison’s 6,000 telecoms tower assets in the UK, after the buyer offered structural remedies to address concerns that the deal would entrench a powerful duopoly in the market.

04 March 2022

Russia probes major telecoms provider for excessive pricing

Russia’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether one of the country’s leading telecommunications companies unlawfully increased the price of its services for 28 million customers, three months after one of its rivals was fined for the same conduct.

22 February 2022

A Q&A with Justin Le Patourel

Justin Le Patourel’s damages claim against telecoms company BT became only the second class action to be certified by the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal in September 2021. Ahead of an appeal hearing scheduled for next month, Le Patourel spoke to GCR about the case, his experience of the UK’s class action regime, the importance of opt-out claims for especially vulnerable consumers and the creation of a network of UK-based class representatives.

18 February 2022

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