Magyar Telekom fined HUF 160 mln for violation

Competition

Magyar Telekom, the Hungarian subsidiary of German telco giant Deutsche Telekom, was fined HUF 160 mln today for violating regulations and general contract conditions by restricting services, Hungary's National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) announced.

The authority’s decision is based on a review of Magyar Telekom's practices involving fixed line services between October 1 and December 31 of 2013. NMHH fined the company’s chief executive officer for an additional HUF 2 mln, as the violation was not Mtel’s first.

The NMHH noted that rules on telecommunications allow restrictions of service only after the subscriber has been informed and if the subscriber has failed to pay any outstanding balance within 30 days from the time they received notice of the overdue payment.

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