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UK: Royal Mail loses antitrust fine appeal

 |  November 12, 2019

Judgment of the Tribunal in relation to an appeal against a decision of the Office of Communications (“Ofcom”) entitled “Discriminatory pricing in relation to the supply of bulk mail delivery services in the UK” issued on 14 August 2018 and addressed to Royal Mail plc (“Royal Mail”) (the “Decision”).

As set out in the Decision, on 10 January 2014 Royal Mail announced the introduction of differential prices for bulk mail operators for access to its final delivery service, without which they could not operate.

Whistl UK Limited (formerly TNT Post), a bulk mail operator, planned to set up its own final delivery service and establish an end-to-end bulk mail service in competition with Royal Mail. Whistl complained to Ofcom that the new differential access prices made its end-to-end operations and future plans uneconomic.

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