Govt dismisses appeal by Movistar over Antel complaint

1 Aug 2013

The government of Uruguay has rejected an administrative appeal by mobile operator Movistar Uruguay against a decision by the country’s telecoms regulator to dismiss a complaint regarding state-owned telecoms company Antel, local newspaper El Pais reports. Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC) rejected a complaint filed by Movistar in May 2009 that Antel’s ‘Nuestra forma de hablar, ahora gratis’ plan, which allowed free mobile calls to a landline, was anticompetitive. The watchdog ruled that there was no cross-subsidisation and added that Antel’s plan could be replicated by its rivals. Telefonica-owned Movistar subsequently launched an appeal against the watchdog’s decision, arguing that Antel – which holds a monopoly on fixed line services – was abusing its dominant position. However, the Executive has dismissed the Spanish-owned company’s appeal after determining that Antel did not engage in anticompetitive practices.

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