In recent days, “European Commission investigators have searched offices belonging to Deutsche Telekom in Bonn, Orange SA in France and Telefónica in Spain,” reports Rheinische Post. The three companies are suspected of abusing their dominant positions on telecommunications markets and of colluding on internet connectivity services proposed to major customers.
The inquiry has drawn attention to the “battle that is being fought between American Internet companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Cogent, and European telecoms companies,” explains the Düsseldorf daily.
In its defence, Deutsche Telekom has argued that American companies are offering free or very cheap connections to European networks which have been developed at cost of billions of euros by European operators.
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