Telenor Norge has been fined NOK788 million (USD97 million) by the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet, KT) for abusing its dominant position in the domestic mobile market. In a press release regarding the matter the watchdog said it had concluded that Telenor Norge had created barriers for the development of a third mobile network in Norway, in what it termed ‘a serious infringement of competition law’. TeleGeography notes that in 2010 Telenor changed the conditions in its network access agreement with Network Norway, which at that date was rolling out the nation’s third mobile network. According to the KT, it is in this regard that Telenor abused its dominant position, with the watchdog claiming to have established that the operator introduced amendments to the network access agreement with the intention of limiting further investments in the third network.
With Telenor’s fine the largest ever levied by the KT, its director general Lars Sorgard said of the matter: ‘The mobile market is a large and important market for Norwegian consumers. Telenor has a considerable turnover in this market, and the infringement is a serious breach of the Norwegian Competition Act. This is reflected in the level of the fine.’