Mobile operators Telekom, One and M-tel under investigation for fixing service prices

The Agency for the Protection of Competition initiated an examination procedure following the application of the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services. It has been established that for prepaid users, the amount of the minimum prepaid top-up at all three operators will be increased by the same amount, with an identical deadline for top-up of the user's account, as well as with the notification that the application of the above-mentioned changes at all three operators will begin on the same day, from April 1, 2024.

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The Agency for the Protection of Competition (AZK) launched an investigation today against three mobile operators operating on the Montenegrin market - Telekom, One and M-tel, following a report from the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP).

"On March 12.03.2024, 20.03.2024, the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services submitted an initiative to examine the violation of competition to AZK, with attached accompanying documentation stating that Telekom, One and M-tel violated competition through practices that indicate the existence of a written or oral or tacit agreement that directly determines the conditions on the market of electronic communication services and that prevents the development of effective competition on the market in question.

Crnogorski Telekom
photo: Crnogorski Telekom

Along with the Initiative to investigate the violation of competition, which was submitted to the Agency, accompanying documentation is attached, which contains individual documents of the companies, Crnogorski Telekom, "One Crna Gora" and "Mtel", which were submitted to the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services. , it is stated in the decision of AZK, which "Vijesti" has access to.

One
photo: One

It is further added that by reviewing the aforementioned acts, it was determined that in relation to the mobile telephony market of electronic communication services in the territory of Montenegro, the amount of the minimum prepaid top-up for prepaid users is increased with all three operators with the same amount, with an identical by the deadline for topping up the user's account, as well as with the notification that for all three operators, the application of the mentioned changes will start from the same day, i.e. from 01.04.2024. years.

m: tel
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"The above points to a well-founded suspicion of the existence of an agreement between the aforementioned operators Crnogorski Telekom ad, One Crna Gora doo and Mtel doo, as direct competitors, regarding the harmonization of prices on the market for the provision of prepaid services in the territory of Montenegro, in the sense Article 8, paragraph 1, point 1 of the Law on the Protection of Competition," the decision states.

AZK invited all natural and legal persons who have data, documents or other relevant information, which may be of importance for the correct and complete determination of the facts in this procedure, to submit them to it.

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