The Ankara Administrative Court reassesses the Competition Authority’s decision on price squeezing allegations in the telecommunications sector (Türk Telekom / TTNET)

Background In 2012, the Board launched a full-fledged investigation against Türk Telekom and TTNET upon the complaints of certain Internet service providers (“ISP”), alleging that Türk Telekom and TTNET had abused their dominant positions in the wholesale and retail markets for fixed broadband Internet access services, through price-squeezing practices. The Board defined “price squeezing” as follows: “Price squeezing is the determination of the margin between the upstream market product price and the downstream market product price by an undertaking that is active in vertically integrated markets and in a dominant position in the upstream market, in a manner that does not allow even an equally efficient competitor in the downstream market to operate profitably on a lasting basis.”

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Gönenç Gürkaynak, Ceren Özkanlı Samlı, The Ankara Administrative Court reassesses the Competition Authority’s decision on price squeezing allegations in the telecommunications sector (Türk Telekom / TTNET), 12 March 2020, e-Competitions Telecom & Dominance, Art. N° 96318

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