NTT accused of abusing dominant position

19 Jan 2004

A number of European and US businesses in Japan have complained to the country’s telecoms regulator that leading telco NTT is abusing its dominant position in an attempt to squeeze out smaller market players. The European Business Community (EBC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) issued a joint statement calling for new legislation to prevent NTT engaging in what they call ‘anti-competitive practices’. The organisations are concerned that the telco is using information gleaned from its wholesale businesses to undercut its rivals. Additionally the EBC and ACCJ have voiced concerns that a new telecoms law will allow NTT to further expand its dominance in new business areas it has not been previously allowed access to.