EC hopes to charge UK cellcos by summer

23 Feb 2004

The European Commission says that it hopes to issue formal charges against the UK’s major mobile operators this summer, alleging that they are abusing their dominant market position. The Commission is focusing in particular on excessive roaming charges levied by cellcos on users when abroad. The investigation – which centres around Vodafone, mmO2, T-Mobile and Orange – began with a number of unannounced inspections of operators in both the UK and Germany in July 2001. The UK companies have all denied the allegations, insisting that lower and more flexible tariffs have since been put into place.

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