CAA dismisses Vodafone charges

3 Feb 2014

Albania’s Competition Authority (CAA) has ruled that Vodafone Albania did not abuse its position in the market, following complaints from rivals Plus and Albania Mobile Communications (AMC) that the cellco’s ‘Vodafone Club’ plan ringfenced customers within its own network. Balkan Insight writes that Vodafone’s activity was found to negatively impact competition, citing the anti-trust watchdog as saying: ‘the strategy followed by this operator creates disturbances for competition in the market and negative effects for the competition on a long-term toward smaller companies. The differentiation of prices for calls outside its network can be sued as a blocking mechanism from big operators toward smaller ones that risk going out of business.’ The ruling spares Vodafone from a potential fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover.