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Germany threatens lawsuit over telecom monopoly

Germany threatens lawsuit over telecom monopoly

As the European Commission announced on Thursday, it has decided to take legal action against Germany, Greece and Portugal if significant, satisfactory progress is not made in the competition on the telecommunications markets. This has not been the case so far.

The states now have 2 months in which to submit an opinion to the Commission whereupon the Commission can issue conditions that are binding on the states. In the case mentioned, a lawsuit could also be brought before the European Court of Justice. In the case of Germany in particular, it is criticized that at the time the report was published, Telekom itself already had 1.2 million DSL customers, but on the other hand did not offer line sharing or wholesale services for broadband connections. In addition, there is a warning against a monopoly, since at the end of 2000 99% of all DSL lines were owned by Telekom.

Only recently, the Italian regulatory authority decided, as expected, that Telecom Italia should follow the British ST-FRIACO Model must offer a wholesale rate. This means that Italy is now one of the flat-rate countries, including France, Spain, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Portugal.