Orange launches fixed line services: competition smells a rat

13 Nov 2008

Orange Poland, the wireless network operator owned by fixed line incumbent the TP Group, has launched a fixed line service of its own based on a wholesale line rental agreement with its parent. However, rival telcos are reportedly considering complaining to the telecoms regulator UKE, accusing Orange of receiving preferential terms. ‘In our opinion TP SA is conducting anti-competitive policies with the use of Orange brand. TP SA is raising retail prices and plans to increase wholesale prices for its competitors and acquire clients via the Orange brand. The problem is that, in our opinion, it might concern offering prices on the verge or even below costs,’ said Grzegorz Grabowski, director for regulative strategy at Netia. TP SA press officer Mariusz Loch responded that Orange was not receiving preferential treatment.