Telenor Norge challenges fine for abusing dominant position in mobile market

3 Jan 2019

Telenor Norge is reportedly contesting a NOK788 million (USD91 million) fine that was levied against it by the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet, KT) for abusing its dominant position in the domestic mobile market. According to Mobile World Live, which cites local news outlet Finansavisen, Telenor launched a challenge to the financial penalty late last month, with the operator’s communications director Anders Krokan saying the operator believed the pricing model it had set was correct.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, on announcing the fine in 2018 the KT said it had concluded that Telenor had created barriers for the development of a third mobile network in Norway. With the cellco having changed the conditions in its network access agreement with Network Norway back in 2010 – which at that date was rolling out the nation’s third mobile network – the regulator argued that Telenor had abused its dominant position by introducing amendments to the deal with the intention of limiting further investments in the third network.

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