Telenor risks €100m euro anti-competition fine

Norway's telecoms operator Telenor risks a €100 million fine for abuse of a dominant market position, the country's competition authority warned on Wednesday.

Telenor risks €100m euro anti-competition fine
Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke and Vice President Morten Karlsen Sørby (right). Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt/NTB Scanpix
Telenor, which is 54 percent owned by the Norwegian state, is accused of impeding the entry of a third competing mobile network into the country between 2010 and 2014.
“Infringements of the Competition Act's ban on abuse of a dominant position are very serious, and the notified fine of 906 million kroner (€100 million, $106 million) underlines this,” the competition authority's director general Lars Sørgard said in a statement.
Norway is one of the few European countries to have only two telecoms networks in Telenor and Sweden's Telia.
The authority's director Gjermund Nese said the entry of a third network is crucial to increasing competition and “guaranteeing a good supply of (mobile) services at the lowest price possible”.
Network Norway and Tele2 wanted to create a third network but needed use of Telenor's network during the rollout phase to do so.
Telenor is accused of making access to its network too costly, thus damaging the third network's profitability, and of entering into exclusive agreements with four mobile operators, reducing the new competitor's chances of attracting customers.
Telenor has until March 1st, 2017 to register any objections.

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The reindeer grazing convention will be central to the case; the convention facilitates mutual cross-border grazing for reindeer herds.

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