Havel & Partners, working with Jones Day, has advised T-Mobile on European Commission proceedings relating to a potential restriction of competition.
According to Havel & Partners, “the EC conducted an investigation into the suspicion of a possible restriction of competition due to T-Mobile’s agreement with Cetin and O2 to share mobile network infrastructure and has now adopted a decision approving the commitments proposed by T-Mobile Czech Republic, Cetin, and O2 Czech Republic, thus finally closing the six-year-long proceedings.”
“The proceedings were closed by adopting commitments that lead to improved cooperation mechanisms between mobile operators, guaranteeing effective competition in the future, and thus creating a stable legal basis for operators to operate a high-quality mobile network,” the firm informed. “This all for the benefit of end consumers, who can benefit from the implementation of new technologies that enable faster data speeds and better-quality connections.”
“The proceedings are the first of their kind in which the European Commission has commented in detail on the competition law limits to mobile network sharing,” Havel & Partners Partner Robert Neruda commented. “This is of fundamental importance not only for this case but also for future cooperation between operators across Europe. The clarification of cooperation rules in the case of Czech network sharing thus contributes to greater legal certainty regarding network sharing, which is crucial for the further development of telecommunications in Europe.”
The Havel & Partners team included Neruda, Counsel Ivo Simecek, and Senior Associate Jakub Kocmanek.