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Court cancels record fine for Slovak Telekom

THE COUNTRY'S leading fixed-line telephone company, Slovak Telekom, has escaped paying a record fine of Sk885 million (€25.9 million), for now.

On September 28, the Regional Court in Bratislava cancelled a decision of the Antitrust Office that ordered Slovak Telekom to pay the fine for misusing its dominant position on the market.

The Antitrust Office said Slovak Telekom misused its position when it did not let its competition access local loops (telephone subscriber lines), the SITA newswire wrote. The office ordered the fine against the operator for activities dating back to 2002.

The court overturned the fine for reasons that the Antitrust Office does not have the right to appeal. This means that it would have to take up the whole case from the very start, said a spokesperson for Slovak Telekom, Jana Burdová.

In its statement, the Antitrust Office said it respects the court's decision, but it does not agree with its conclusions.

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