Brussels, 18th July 2007
The European Commission has decided to close the competition proceedings opened against Vodafone UK, O2 UK, Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile Germany regarding the roaming tariffs applied to other European mobile network operators up to 2003.
The Commission initiated formal infringement proceedings against these operators in July 2004 and February 2005 (see IP/04/994 and IP/05/161). The Commission was concerned that their wholesale roaming tariffs charged to other European mobile network operators between 1997/8 and 2003 were excessive and breached the ban on abuses of dominant market positions laid down in Article 82 of the EC Treaty.
The issue of high roaming charges has recently been addressed by a European Regulation adopted on 27 June 2007, which entered into force on 30th June 2007 and applies to all mobile phone operators (see IP/07/870 and http://ec.europa.eu/roaming/). This Regulation addresses the same issues as those raised in these antitrust cases, and clearly resolves them for the future; the Regulation applies to all EU countries and all operators. The Commission has decided to close the cases and informed the parties accordingly.