A1, Drei and Magenta increase tariffs


 The  authority cannot initiate any investigative steps, but sees a “crooked look” in the simultaneous tariff increase.

In the Austrian mobile communications market, which is very concentrated with only three network operators, there are simultaneous price increases. © www.de24.news

 The  network operators A1, Drei and Magenta are increasing many of their tariffs in March, especially for existing customers. Mobile phone and internet contracts are affected, reported “help.ORF.at”. © www.de24.news

 The  Federal Competition Authority (BWB) sees the simultaneous price increase by the three big players as a “crooked look”.

Service fee is also increased

With Drei, mobile phone contracts are one to three euros more expensive per month, A1 is introducing an annual service fee of 25 euros for its discount brand “bob”. In addition, both providers are increasing their Internet tariffs. Magenta discontinues old UPC contracts for cable internet; the new basic fee costs an average of three euros more per month.

“In terms of optics, it is certainly not ideal to do it around the same time,” said © www.de24.news

 The odor Thanner, General Director of the Federal Competition Authority, to help.ORF.at. He also criticizes the magnitude of the increases. In one case there is even a price increase of 70 percent. This makes a bad impression, especially in the current crisis, but pricing is left to the company.

Forbidden price fixing would force action

As a competition authority, one is only responsible if there is an abuse of the price setting, according to the lawyer. Such an abuse would be a prohibited price fixing between the providers.

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 The  announcements of the price increases are too few for the BWB to take steps to investigate. You watch the market closely, says Thanner. He also refers to a whistleblower hotline that can be used anonymously to contact the BWB. © www.de24.news

 The  mobile phone companies would be subject to an obligation to provide information if they were confronted with clues, it is said.

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 The  fact that there are only three network operators ensures a “strong concentration” of the market, Thanner from the BWB criticizes. It is therefore necessary that the discounters who can rent into existing networks continue to exist. © www.de24.news

 The re are currently 24 discounters with a combined market share of 12 percent.

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