The UK telecommunications regulator closes an investigation under Art. 81 and 82 EC, and equivalent UK provisions, on alleged anticompetitive and abusive price of telephone services to hospital patients in spite of long duration exclusivity clause (Patientline, “Premier”)

Summary The Office of Communications (“Ofcom”) has decided to close an investigation under Articles 81 and 82, and equivalent UK national competition law, into the price of telephone services to hospital patients. Patientline plc (“Patientline”) and Premier Telecom Contracts Limited (“Premier”), provide hospital patients with a bed-side telephone, and other services. Each firm has exclusive contracts with the UK's National Health Service (“NHS”) to provide these services in specific hospitals. Charges for outgoing calls made by patients are tightly regulated by these contracts but charges for incoming calls made to the patient are not. Ofcom received complaints regarding the cost of the incoming calls. In response it investigated the level of charges and the exclusive agreements between the

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Justin Coombs, The UK telecommunications regulator closes an investigation under Art. 81 and 82 EC, and equivalent UK provisions, on alleged anticompetitive and abusive price of telephone services to hospital patients in spite of long duration exclusivity clause (Patientline, “Premier”), 18 January 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Licensing agreements, Art. N° 565

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