Poland's four cellphone operators, including units of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), have been fined a total of $34 million for anti-competitive conduct in the mobile TV market.
"All members of the cartel were told to stop their practices and received fines," Poland's competition watchdog UOKiK said last week. The regulator accused the four operators of obstructing the development of the nascent mobile television market.
The companies received fines in line with their market share, with France Telecom's unit controlled through former local monopolist TPSA, set to pay $10.4 million and Telekom's T-mobile $10.1 million.
Polkomtel (Warsaw, Poland), recently bought by Polish media mogul Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, was fined $9.9 million and Play, the smallest of the four, $3.2 million.
Officials at Orange, controlled by France Telecom's TPSA Telekom's T-Mobile Polska and Polkomtel would not comment.
Play was not available to comment.
(Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Editing by Greg Mahlich)