Czech competition office to probe mobile phone and data services


The Czech competition office has announced that it will launch an investigation into the offer and charges made for data and voice service by telecom companies on the local market. The probe, to take place over the next weeks, will examine whether there is collusion between the big players and possibly abuse of dominant position. Czech telecom companies have recently been under the spotlight, particularly for the high prices of data services compared with neighbouring countries, such as Poland. Stand-in minister of industry and trade, Bohuslav Sobotka, pledged to tackle the problem and has also pushed for increased powers for the sector regulator, the Czech Telecommunication Office.