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Parliamentary questions
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17 May 2019
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001199/2019

Network sharing generally may have many benefits to consumers such as faster roll out, cost savings and facilitating coverage of rural areas. However, when there are market signals and specific indications that cooperative agreements may be harmful to competition, it is the Commission’s role to investigate these and ensure that the arrangements are indeed pro-competitive. The Czech mobile network sharing arrangement between O2/CETIN and T-Mobile is one of the most comprehensive active sharing arrangements currently in force in the EU.

The Commission is under a duty to examine carefully and impartially all relevant elements in a case under investigation. The duration of this investigation reflects the complexity of the technical, legal and economic issues at stake.

The Commission is not in a position to provide more concrete indications of the timing of its enquiries into this matter.

Last updated: 17 May 2019Legal notice