The Bulgarian Competition Authority fines the local telecom incumbent for a refusal to interconnect a competitor to its communication network (Netplus / BTC)

By Decision n° 510 of 5 July 2007, the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “CPC”) held Bulgarian Telecommunication Company AD (“BTC”) liable for abusing its dominant position in the market for voice telephony services by refusing to provide interconnection between its communication network and the network of Netplus OOD , another telecom operator. A fine of approximately EUR 102,000 was imposed on BTC. The decision differs in effect from the CPC's initial ruling in the case and closed a two-year dispute between the two undertakings which went all the way up to the Supreme Administrative Court (the “SAC”). The case is noteworthy for certain conclusions - in particular regarding the susceptibility of parties' contractual autonomy to competition law sanction - that the CPC

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Dessislava Fessenko, The Bulgarian Competition Authority fines the local telecom incumbent for a refusal to interconnect a competitor to its communication network (Netplus / BTC), 5 July 2007, e-Competitions July 2007, Art. N° 13995

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