The Spanish Supreme Court confirms abuse of dominant position by the telecom incumbent consisting of a refusal to supply lines to 3C Communications (Teléfonos en Aeropuertos / Telefónica de España)

Introduction On 6 March 2003, the Spanish Supreme Court (the Tribunal Supremo, TS) confirmed a judgement of the Spanish National Court (the Audiencia Nacional, AN) which upheld a decision of 1 February 1995 by the Spanish competition authority (the Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, TDC -since then replaced by the Comisión Nacional de la Competencia) establishing that Telefónica de España had incurred in an abuse of dominant position for refusing to supply lines to 3C Communications (TDC Case 350/94, Teléfonos en Aeropuertos). The case before the TDC The main facts of the case brought before the TDC were the following. 3C Communications was a company present in several European countries in the market for debit and credit card operated payphones that was seeking to start operations

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Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, The Spanish Supreme Court confirms abuse of dominant position by the telecom incumbent consisting of a refusal to supply lines to 3C Communications (Teléfonos en Aeropuertos / Telefónica de España), 6 March 2003, e-Competitions March 2003, Art. N° 20062

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