The Czech Regional Court of Brno confirms Competition Authority’s first decision directly applying EC competition law (Cesky Telecom)

By a judgement of 26 September 2006, the Regional Court in Brno confirmed the decisions adopted by the Office for the Protection of Competition and (on administrative appeal) by its President in which the dominant fixed telephony operator, Èeský Telecom (“ÈTc”), was found to have infringed article 82 EC by tying some of its services and by discriminating against certain subscribers. The imposition of one of the highest fines in the Office's history, CZK 205,000,000 (EUR 7,000,000 approximately), was also confirmed. In the period concerned, as a result of its historical ownership of the relevant infrastructure, ÈTc was essentially the only operator offering connection to the fixed telephony network to consumers. However, due to the progressive liberalisation of telecommunications services,

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  • Wolf Theiss (Prague)
  • Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague)

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Robert Pelikán, Jan Převrátil, The Czech Regional Court of Brno confirms Competition Authority’s first decision directly applying EC competition law (Cesky Telecom), 26 septembre 2006, e-Competitions September 2006, Art. N° 20066

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