Telia "abused market position"
The Local · 28 Oct 2005, 12:21
Published: 28 Oct 2005 12:21 GMT+02:00
The Competition Authority is seeking a penalty of 44 million kronor from Telia Sonera.
It said in a press release that Telia Sonera had abused its dominant position in the market, which is forbidden.
Telia Sonera's objective with the different conditions was, according to the Competition Authority, to lure back those customers who had cancelled their subscription. The breach of the rules is said to have taken place in 2003 and 2004.
"The company was guilty of a serious infringement of competition law when it abused its dominant position in this way," said Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority, Claes Norgren.
This is the second time the Competition Authority has brought an action against Telia. In autumn 2004 the company was accused of abusing its position in the market for ADSL services. That case has not yet come to court but the Competition Authority is seeking fines of 144 million kronor.