Cosmote fined EUR6.3m for ULL infringements

26 Sep 2017

The Greek regulator the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) has imposed a fine of EUR6.3 million (USD7.4 million) on the country’s incumbent fixed and mobile operator Cosmote, which is part of the OTE Group. The EETT found that Cosmote abused its dominant position by discriminating on the market for unbundled access to the local loop to the detriment of competitors for a period of three years between 2012 and 2014. The watchdog imposed on Cosmote a penalty of EUR2.8 million for violation of its non-discrimination regulatory obligations and EUR3.5 million for its violation of free competition legislation. The fine follows complaints from rival firms Wind Hellas and Hellas Online (part of Vodafone Greece), and was also based on input from Forthnet and Cyta Hellas.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, active unbundled local loops (ULLs) on OTE’s network totalled 2.11 million at the end of June 2017, rising from 2.06 million a year earlier, the vast majority of which are ‘full ULL’ not ‘shared access’.