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Serbia’s SBB investigated for abuse of dominant position

March 28, 2018

From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Serbia’s Commission for the Protection of Competition has initiated the procedure for alleged abuse of dominant market position against the country’s leading cable TV operator.

Serbia Broadband (SBB) is owned by regional DTH and cable TV operator United Group.

This follows SBB’s decision to increase the monthly subscription fee by RSD 100 to RSD 1395 from January 1st 2018. According to the Antitrust, SBB did not give enough justification for the increase of the monthly fee.

Earlier, the Commission for the Protection of Competition gave its conditional go-ahead to SBB for the merger with peer Ikom.

Meanwhile, there is good news for United Group from neighbouring Croatia, as the country’s Council for Electronic Media has ruled that the conditions have been met for the acquisition by Slovenia Broadband of national commercial broadcaster Nova TV.

The Antitrust stated that the deal is not considered inadmissible in the sense of the Electronic Media Act.

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