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Austria to conduct analysis of competition in mobile market

24 Feb 2022

Austria’s Telekom Control Commission (TKK) says it has decided to conduct an in-depth analysis of competition in the mobile communications market, in order to continue to enable sufficient competition in the future and to secure it in the long term. According to the regulator, in 2020 and 2021 complaints about non-competitive sales prices, cases of denial of access, and pressure to change business models were received from MVNOs and other upstream service providers. As a condition of Hutchison Drei’s acquisition of rival Orange in 2012, the company agreed with the EC to provide wholesale network access to MVNOs for ten years. With this obligation set to expire at the end of 2022, the TKK says it must check whether competition in the wholesale mobile market and thus ultimately also the retail market can continue to be successful in the future, or whether there are tendencies that can have a lasting impact on the advantages that have been achieved for the entire market to date, particularly with regards to new technologies such as 5G and new business models. The TKK will conduct its investigation with the Federal Competition Authority (Bundeswettbewerbsbehorde, BWB).

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