Dominant UPC hit with EUR5m fine for Bucharest abuse; cableco escapes further punishment in Timisoara

4 Oct 2011

According to Romania’s Business Review, the country’s Competition Council has upheld a fine of EUR5 million (USD6.6 million) applied to cableco UPC Romania back in 2006; the penalty relates to the company’s abuse of its dominant position in Bucharest, where it was reportedly guilty of unduly imposing higher costs on subscribers. However, the operator has avoided an additional EUR2 million charge relating to perceived antitrust practices in Timisoara, in December 2006. The exemption was also applied to rival operator Romania Cable Systems (RCS&RDS), although the Competition Council stressed that it had not conclusively established the pair’s lack of guilt in the matter.

Romania, RCS&RDS (DIGI), UPC Romania (now part of Vodafone)