The German Federal Court interprets cost-based access obligations in a restrictive way by limiting the price-cap imposed by the regulator for telephone directory data to raw information (Deutsche Telekom)

Background According to German telecommunications law, companies providing telephone services to the public are obliged to provide subscriber information to any third party whishing to operate a directory. The price charged for the information should reflect the cost of its efficient provision born by the telecommunications company. The price limit applies only to the provision of raw data to third parties. In order to provide directory services, third parties usually need to invest in their own databases and search engines used to order the raw data. Summary of the case The plaintiff is a company providing a telephone directory service. It relies on data delivered by Deutsche Telekom. In addition to raw data the plaintiff obtained direct access to Deutsche Telekom's database and

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Michal Mottl, The German Federal Court interprets cost-based access obligations in a restrictive way by limiting the price-cap imposed by the regulator for telephone directory data to raw information (Deutsche Telekom), 11 juillet 2006, e-Competitions July 2006, Art. N° 13211

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