Telenor Norge mulling options after fine related to abuse of dominant position is upheld

21 Jun 2019

A NOK788 million (USD92 million) fine handed down to Telenor Norge for abusing its dominant position in the domestic mobile market has been upheld by the Norwegian Competition Tribunal (Konkurranseklagenemnda). With the fine having originally been levied by the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet, KT) in June 2018, following this latest ruling that body’s Director General, Lars Sorgard, was cited as saying: ‘We are satisfied that the Norwegian Competition Tribunal shares the Norwegian Competition Authority’s view that Telenor’s conduct constitutes a violation of the Norwegian Competition Act.’

Meanwhile, in response to the decision Telenor Norge’s CEO Petter-Borre Furberg said in a separate release: ‘We are disappointed not to have been heard, but we note that the minority finds the agreement to be legal. We will now review the decision thoroughly.’ With the executive highlighting the fact that one of three members of the Norway Competition Tribunal had sided with it in the matter, he also noted that Telenor Norge now has three months to take the issue further, to the Court of Appeal in Gulating.

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