Kabel Deutschland loses DT overcharging case

29 Aug 2013

Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland has lost a lawsuit against Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile arm of Deutsche Telekom (DT), concerning how much the former monopoly charges for the use of its cable ducts, writes Reuters. Kabel Deutschland, which is in the process of being bought by Vodafone Group, was seeking to have the annual charges of around EUR100 million (USD133.6 million) cut by two thirds and was also looking for a repayment of roughly EUR273 million for fees paid between 2004 and 2011, plus interest. However, the District Court of Frankfurt said that it could not be determined whether Telekom Deutschland was abusing its market position and was charging too much. A spokesperson for Kabel Deutschland said the company would study the ruling and is likely to appeal against the decision.

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