Telenor Facing Anti-Trust Investigation in Norway
Published on: 28th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The EFTA Surveillance Authority says that it has opened formal antitrust proceedings against Telenor Norge and its parent company to investigate whether they may have infringed the competition rules in the EEA Agreement.
The Authority carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of Telenor Norge and Telenor in December 2012 and says that a significant amount of data, including electronic data was collected.
The Authority said that it will examine whether Telenor has charged prices resulting in an illegal margin squeeze on its competitors in respect of the provision of retail mobile data services and of bundles of retail mobile telecommunications services. The Authority also intends to investigate whether clauses in Telenor's retail agreements concluded with customers for the supply of mobile telecommunications services give rise to market foreclosure concerns.
Per Andreas Bjørgan, Director of the Authority's Competition & State Aid Directorate, stated: "The decision to open proceedings does not signify that the Authority has made a finding of infringement or prejudge in any way the outcome of the investigation; it only means that the Authority will proceed with an in-depth investigation."
The EFTA Surveillance Authority monitors compliance with European Economic Area rules in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling them to participate in the European internal market.