EU anti-trust body raids TP

31 Oct 2008

The EU anti-trust watchdog confirmed yesterday that it had raided the premises of Polish fixed line telco TP over suspected misuse of its dominant position in the broadband market. The European Commission said the raid was jointly carried out on 23 September with the Polish national competition authority UOKiK, adding it had reason to believe TPSA may have infringed EU rules on abuse of a dominant market position. ‘The fact that the European Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the company is guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself,’ the Commission said in a statement.

TP, which is controlled by France Telecom and controls almost 51% of the local broadband market, said investigations were nothing new. Maciej Rogalski, head of the regulatory cooperation branch at the telco, told a news conference the company had been the subject of 81 regulatory raids, investigations or visits since the start of 2007 ‘or practically once a week.’

Poland, Orange Poland