The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision sanctioning the telecom incumbent for exerting margin squeeze on its competitors in the markets for fixed telephone services (Bulgarian Telecommunication Company)

On 9 January 2008, the Supreme Administrative Court (the “SAC”) handed down a final judgment [1]. in a dispute between the local telecom incumbent - Bulgarian Telecommunication Company AD (“BTC”) and the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “CPC”) concerning an alleged margin squeeze on the part of the incumbent in the markets for access to and voice services over fixed telephone network. The SAC fully upheld the NCA's findings that BTC abused its dominant position on those markets by charging competitors and end-users unfair prices for wholesale and retail access to its fixed telephone network and for voice services provided. BTC has to pay a fine in the upper end of the fine range [2]. Background BTC owns and operates the largest public communication network in

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Dessislava Fessenko, The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision sanctioning the telecom incumbent for exerting margin squeeze on its competitors in the markets for fixed telephone services (Bulgarian Telecommunication Company), 9 January 2008, e-Competitions January 2008, Art. N° 15516

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