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The Belgian Competition Authority settles dispute on GSM gateways and voice call tariffs in cooperation with the telecommunications regulator (The Phone Company / Belgacom)

On September 1st, 2006 the Belgian Competition Council decided Belgacom Mobile (BMB) had to terminate voice calls coming form SIM cards in gateways of the Phone Company (TPC) on its mobile network against end user tariffs (possibly augmented with other costs such as the activation fee per cell and the rental fee per cell). Relevant Facts TPC had installed multiple GSM gateways (also SIM-box). A GSM gateway is a device which converts voice calls originated on fixed networks to mobile networks (fixed-to-mobile) into mobile-to-mobile calls. TPC used the GSM gateways on behalf of third parties, inter alia with SIM cards from BMB. Thus TPC was able to turn fixed voice calls from its clients into mobile calls which were terminated as mobile calls on the mobile network (of BMB). Because

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Dieter Gillis, The Belgian Competition Authority settles dispute on GSM gateways and voice call tariffs in cooperation with the telecommunications regulator (The Phone Company / Belgacom), 1 September 2006, e-Competitions September 2006, Art. N° 12639

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