Cesky to contest UOHS fine

4 Feb 2004

The Czech Republic’s dominant fixed line operator Cesky Telecom has said it plans to go to court to protest the CSK81.7 million fine handed down to it yesterday by the Czech Anti-Monopoly Office (UOHS). According to UOHS chief Josef Bednar, the fine, which is the largest in the UOHS’s history, was levied against Cesky for its apparent repeated abuse of its dominant position by offering some clients discounts in an effort to bind them to long-term communications services contracts, whilst at the same time discriminating against others who refused to sign such deals. The UOHS fined Cesky CZK1.8 million in 2000 and CZK6.5 million in 2002 for similar reasons.