Reports from Slovenia suggest that state-backed fixed and mobile operator Telekom Slovenije has agreed to pay EUR50 million (USD58 million) to rival firm T-2 to settle a long-running dispute regarding Telekom’s alleged abuse of its dominant market position. While neither Telekom nor T-2 have commented on the speculation, unofficial sources quoted by local press say that the settlement will be a record pay-out for Slovenia.
T-2 lodged a EUR130 million legal claim in 2007 after competition authorities ruled that Telekom had failed to provide competitors with adequate access to its infrastructure. While T-2 failed to win the initial case and a further appeal, in 2016 the country’s Supreme Court decided that earlier court hearings had not applied the relevant EU laws and it subsequently found in T-2’s favour. In its full-year 2017 results, Telekom Slovenije set aside EUR34.3 million as a provision for the court case.