The Czech Office for Protection of Competition again fines telecoms operator for abuse of dominance on the market for telecom services for business customers (Telefónica Czech Republic)

Subject matter of the case: a first decision of the Office The Office for the Protection of Competition ("Office") imposed a fine of CZK 93,109,000 (approximately EUR 3,724,000 ) on Telefónica Czech Republic, a.s. ("Telefónica") for abuse of dominance on the market for public telecom services for businesses provided via public fixed telecom networks. The former Český Telecom, a.s. (now Telefónica) had already once been fined for the same instance of breach of antitrust rules – back in 2003 [1]. According to the Office, in the period between the years 2001 and 2002, Český Telecom entered into contracts with almost 3,000 business customers under which (i) the customers were obliged to pay a minimum monthly fee, regardless of whether their monthly use of services was worth this amount; (ii) it

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Karel Svoboda, The Czech Office for Protection of Competition again fines telecoms operator for abuse of dominance on the market for telecom services for business customers (Telefónica Czech Republic), 17 October 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 49234

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