BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's
Czech mobile unit, 02 Czech Republic and Czech telecoms
infrastructure provider Cetin have offered concessions to settle
charges of restricting competition, EU antitrust regulators said
The companies would avoid a possible fine and a finding of
wrongdoing if the offer is accepted.
The European Commission, which acts as the competition
enforcer in the 27-country bloc, issued the charges in 2019. The
companies struck the network sharing deal in 2011 and
subsequently expanded it.
Telecoms operators are looking to share networks to reduce
costs and time in the face of regulatory barriers to mergers but
EU competition enforcers are worried such arrangements may
The companies offered to modernise the mobile network by
using multi-standard Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment in
certain radio frequency layers and also set and review the
financial conditions for unilateral network deployments.
They will also ensure that investments or services provided
by their partners on their behalf will be cost-based pricing,
and limit information exchange to only that which is necessary
for the operation of the shared network.
The companies will take measures to ensure that CETIN
prevent information spill-over between T-Mobile CZ and O2 CZ.
The Commission says it will decide whether to accept the
offer following feedback from third parties. The proposal would
remain in force until Oct. 28, 2033 if accepted.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kim Coghill)