The EU Court of Justice delivers two judgments providing an important message to Irish telecoms on the interaction between competition and regulatory law (Slovak Telekom) (Deutsche Telekom)

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has recently delivered two judgements which provide an important message for telecoms businesses operating in Ireland. The first of these rulings confirms that the risk of non-compliance with competition rules is particularly high for telcos in that they may face two fronts of attack from both the European Commission and the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation (“ComReg”) for the same suspected anti-competitive behaviour. The second ruling confirms that the risk of telcos falling foul of abuse of dominance rules when dealing with access seekers is significantly higher where the telco is subject to regulatory ‘open access’ requirements, or has otherwise decided to grant wholesale access, than where the telco has refused to deal with an access

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Simon Shinkwin, Kate McKenna, Conor Doyle, The EU Court of Justice delivers two judgments providing an important message to Irish telecoms on the interaction between competition and regulatory law (Slovak Telekom) (Deutsche Telekom), 25 March 2021, e-Competitions March 2021, Art. N° 101076

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