The Belgian Competition Authority fines a mobile operator due to price squeeze practices (Base / Belgacom)

In the telecommunications sector, recent years have seen an important increase of cases concerning abuse of dominant position brought before either the European Commission or the national competition authorities. In this respect, one of the recurrent issues in these cases is the so-called "margin squeeze" or "price squeeze". Also in Belgium, the Belgian Competition Council was seized with a complaint brought by the operator Base in 2005 whereby Proximus (initially called Belgacom Mobile) was accused of abusing its dominant position on the Belgian market for mobile services in several ways, among others through "margin squeeze" practices. In its report to the Belgian Competition Council, the Competition Prosecutor underlined the fact that Proximus held a dominant position on the

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  • Advertising Information Group (AIG) (Belgium)

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Carmen Verdonck, Geoffroy Regout, The Belgian Competition Authority fines a mobile operator due to price squeeze practices (Base / Belgacom), 26 May 2009, e-Competitions May 2009, Art. N° 27205

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