Deutsche Telekom, Slovak Unit Broke Antitrust Laws, EU Says

Law360, New York (May 8, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT) -- The European Union’s competition watchdog on Tuesday accused Slovak Telekom AS and parent Deutsche Telekom of abusing their dominant market position in Slovakia to smother upstart competitors.

The European Commission said Slovak Telekom — a former state-sanctioned monopoly that was only privatized in 2004 — had refused smaller competitors access to its huge broadband network unless they buy large bundles of products.

The commission also claimed the company had operated a margin squeeze — charging its competition excessive prices to use the broadband network, which forced...
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