UKE in trouble with EC over TP price regulation

19 Sep 2008

Puls Biznesu reports that the European Commission (EC) has taken Poland to the European Justice Tribunal for allowing the Electronic Communication Office (UKE) to regulate the price of broadband internet access without having thoroughly examined the market, as required by EU law. The case relates to TP’s Neostrada service. UKE had imposed a total of PLN440 million (USD189 million) in fines on TP. The European Commission has criticised UKE’s violation of the law, even when attempting to strengthen competition within the telecoms sector. UKE has the right to regulate wholesale pricing, but in this case, wanted to intervene on retail pricing.