Vodafone Cleared of Abusing Dominant Position in Albanian Market
Published on: 3rd Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
An investigation by Albania's Competition Authority CAA has cleared Vodafone of abusing its dominant position in the local mobile market although it raised some concerns about the company.
Clearing the firm of anti-monopoly behaviour though spares Vodafone a fine which could have reached 10 percent of its roughly USD163 million Albanian turnover.
However, there was a caveat to the clearance, as the CAA said that Vodafone's behaviour "creates disturbances for competition in the market and negative effects for the competition on a long-term toward smaller companies"
"The differentiation of prices for calls outside its network can be sued as a blocking mechanism from big operators toward smaller ones that risk going out of business," it added.
Vodafone had faced the complaint following a call for an investigation from two smaller networks, AMX and Plus. A third rival, Eagle Mobile did not join the complaint.
Vodafone has a market share of around 52 percent.