Dutch antitrust body probes mobile operators

6th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch antitrust authorities launched Tuesday a probe into whether major mobile telephone operators including KPN of the Netherlands, Britain's Vodafone and Germany's T-Mobile engaged in price-fixing.

The antitrust authority visited the offices of several mobile operators "to determine whether a cartel agreement was made," the body, known by its Dutch acronym NMa, said in a statement.

The leading telecommunications operators in the Netherlands may have hindered free competition on the Dutch market, an NMa spokesman told AFP.

The Dutch operator KPN confirmed that investigators had visited its headquarters in The Hague and questioned five employees. The company pledged to "provide all necessary assistance" to the authorities.

If the competition watchdog believes it has gathered sufficient evidence to prove that laws on free competition were broken, it could launch a case that could lead to penalties in the millions of euros.

© 2011 AFP

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