PLUS lashes out at Vodafone anti-trust decision

5 Feb 2014

Albanian wireless provider PLUS has criticised the recent report of the Competition Authority (CAA) regarding alleged abuse by Vodafone Albania of its dominant market position, and has called on the anti-trust authority to explain its inaction. PLUS had filed a complaint against Vodafone in November 2012, claiming that Vodafone was using its strong position in the market to ringfence its customers by offering tariffs with a large difference between on-net and off-net calls. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the CAA’s report accepted that Vodafone’s practice had a negative impact on competition, especially for smaller companies, but ruled that Vodafone had not abused its dominant position. In a press release PLUS called on the CAA to: ‘publicly clarify the obvious contradictions between the findings mentioned in the investigation report and the decision not to rule on abuse.’ The cellco went on to say that the poor enforcement of regulation in the sector would result in the market returning to a duopoly. Referring to the sector as the ‘worst regulated market in Europe’, PLUS insisted that telecoms watchdog the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP), ‘supress the on-net/off-net differential…and introduce proper wholesale regulation.’