The Italian Competition Authority condemns abuse of dominant position in the markets for the provision of telecommunication services (Telecom Italia)

Introduction The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) found that Telecom Italia (TI) had abused its dominant position on the fixed network telecommunications service for business customers [1]. The abusive conduct, which violates Article 3 of the Act n° 287 of 1990, was part of a TI strategy aimed at excluding its competitors from the markets for telecommunications services for business end customers and at maintaining its dominance in the retail and wholesale markets. This exclusionary strategy, carried out from 2001 to 2003, has been implemented through exclusionary and discriminatory conducts. The AGCM decision Definition of relevant markets The first issue tackled by the AGCM is the determination of the relevant markets. The anticompetitive conducts affect the markets for

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority condemns abuse of dominant position in the markets for the provision of telecommunication services (Telecom Italia), 16 November 2004, e-Competitions Bulletin Telecom & Dominance, Art. N° 20314

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