A long-running legal battle between mobile providers in Belgium has been settled, with former monopoly operator Proximus agreeing to pay EUR120 million (USD136.3 million) to rivals Mobistar and BASE Company. The case was launched in 2003, alleging that Proximus had abused its dominant position in the market in the late 1990s and early 2000s by ‘applying tariffs from the past for mobile telecommunication services that are differentiated between on-net and off-net voice communications’.
A statement from the firms says that the settlement agreement comes ‘without any harmful recognition and translates the willingness of the parties to put an end to litigation proceedings’. The deal will see BASE getting EUR66 million from Proximus and Mobistar EUR54 million. Proximus said earlier this year that it had made no provisions to cover a payout as it maintained that there had been no wrongdoing.