FILE PHOTO: A crow rides on Deutsche Telekom AG’s GSM mobile phone antenna on February 19, 2019, above the headquarters of a German telecommunications company in Bonn, Germany. Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay
October 1, 2021
by Fu Yun Chi
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Czech mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom, 02 Czech Republic, Czech telecommunications infrastructure provider Cetin has offered concessions to address the crime of restricting competition, EU antitrust regulators said on Friday.
If the offer is accepted, the company avoids the possibility of fines and fraud detection.
The European Commission, which acts as a competitor to the 27-nation bloc, filed an indictment in 2019. The two companies signed a network sharing agreement in 2011 and have since expanded.
Telecom operators face regulatory barriers to mergers and are trying to share networks to reduce costs and time, but EU competitors say such arrangements violate rules. I am worried that there is a possibility.
Both companies have proposed to modernize their mobile networks with multi-standard radio access network (RAN) equipment at specific radio frequency layers, and have determined and confirmed the financial position for one-way network deployment.
We also ensure that the investments and services provided by our partners are cost-based and limit the exchange of information required to operate the shared network.
Both companies will take steps to prevent CETIN from leaking information between T-Mobile CZ and O2CZ.
The commission says it will receive feedback from third parties to decide whether to accept the offer. The offer, if approved, is valid until October 28, 2033.
(Reporting by Fu Yun Chi, edited by Kim Coghill)
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