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South Africa: Watchdog throws out complaint against Vodacom, MTN

 |  April 18, 2017

The Competition Commission will not prosecute a complaint lodged by Cell C against Vodacom and MTN, it announced on Tuesday.

The complaint relates to anti-competitive conduct and was lodged in 2013, however there was insufficient evidence required to successfully prosecute, the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This decision follows a lengthy investigation which revealed that there were several features in the mobile telephony market which affect the ability of smaller mobile operators to compete in the market.”

Cell C alleged that Vodacom and MTN had engaged in price fixing by making it cheaper to conduct on-net calls than off-net calls. It said the price differentials applied by the companies prevented competition.

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