Supreme Court reinstates cellcos’ anti-competitive practise fines

11 Jul 2007

According to a report in the Prague Daily Monitor, the Czech Supreme Administrative Court has confirmed it has reinstated the first part of a CZK44 million (USD2.11 million) fine for ‘illegal agreements’ between the country’s mobile network operators. The three – Telefónica O2 CR (then known as Eurotel), T-Mobile and Vodafone – were found guilty of collusion by the anti-monopoly office (UOHS) in 2003, although the Brno regional court subsequently quashed the verdict ruling that the watchdog, the Czech Telecoms Office (CTU), was the only body authorised to regulate the behaviour of the nation’s telecoms operators. The Supreme Administrative Court has however, cancelled the Brno decision, meaning that a fine of CZK22 million for Telefónica and one of CZK5.5 million for Vodafone are once again in force. It is expected that the annulment of another verdict concerning fines of CZK12 million and CZK4.5 million, for T-Mobile and Vodafone respectively, will follow.

The Supreme Administrative Court has also decided that both the UOHS and the CTU can supervise the behaviour of telecoms operators.

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