Bezeq faces sanction over abuse of monopoly position

Thursday 8 March 2018 | 14:55 CET | News

Bezeq announced that the Israel Antitrust Authority is considering slapping it with a ILS 30.95 million fine for abusing its monopoly position. Bezeq noted that the authority said there is evidence indicating that the company made apparent use of its market strength as a result of its control of the passive infrastructure. The authority says Bezeq also "placed obstacles" in the way of new players wanting to use the company’s passive infrastructure in order to compete on services to consumers.

According to the regulator, Bezeq’s actions raise concerns of harm to the end consumer. The ministry of communications had directed Bezeq to open its countrywide network of pipes, pillars and other infrastructure to competitors to save them the bureaucracy, high costs and huge disruption to the public of having to excavate to create their own networks underground. However, Bezeq rivals Partner and Cellcom said Bezeq has been reluctant. 

The Antitrust Authority is considering placing an overall financial sanction on the company of ILS 30.95 million and on the company’s CEO Stella Handler a fine of ILS 736,800, for having been involved in the alleged breaches.

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