Opta again in trouble with the European Commission

The European Commission is considering taking further action against telecom watchdog Opta for its pricing policy on calls made between different networks.

Opta was rapped over the knuckles in February, when it was given three months to adjust the rule. However, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes says the organisation still has not done so, reports news agency ANP.
Kroes says the tariffs networks charge each other for inter-network calls are disadvantageous to Dutch consumers, who pay twice as much as the rest of Europe.
Opta was following European guidelines which state only direct costs can be charged. But, after a challenge by the telephony industry and a court ruling, it was obliged to adjust the rule so indirect costs can also be charged to the customer.
The commission will decide on June 13 whether further steps are necessary. One possibility is to demand Opta changes the rule of removes it altogether.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation