In the Austrian mobile communications market, which is very concentrated with only three network operators, there are simultaneous price increases. The network operators A1, Drei and Magenta are increasing many of their tariffs in March. Mobile phone and internet contracts are affected, reported “help.ORF.at” at the weekend. The Federal Competition Authority (BWB) therefore sees the simultaneous price increase of the three big players as a “crooked look”.
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.
“From a visual point of view, it is certainly not ideal to do it roughly at the same time,” said 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. 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.