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MegaFon and antimonopoly watchdog reach price inflation settlement

17:42 15/10/2012

MOSCOW, October 15 - RAPSI. The Moscow District Federal Commercial Court has endorsed the settlement agreement between MegaFon and the Federal Antimonopoly Service over their dispute concerning a unilateral price increase in breach of competition law, the court told RAPSI Monday.

All the previous judgments have been reversed.

The court has not disclosed the settlement details.

Earlier, the service reported that MegaFon had dictated unfavorable contract terms to the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) as of May 2010. Specifically, the plaintiff unilaterally increased its tariffs for area-call termination services for its entire Moscow network, according to the lawsuit.

On October 22, 2010, the watchdog found that MegaFon violated competition law. The plaintiff was ordered to rectify the violations within 30 days and to amend its MGTS contract.

The court has decided that the service failed to prove MegaFon's guilt. It has also concluded that MGTS was able to use and did use Megafon's area call termination services provided at a rate of 1.02 rubles. MGTS sustained neither losses nor economically unjustified expenses as a result, the court stated.

The Moscow Commercial Court ruled for MegaFon on February 14 in its petition to invalidate the Federal Antimonopoly Service's decision and order.

The watchdog and MGTS challenged the court judgment.

MegaFon is the second largest mobile phone operator and the fourth largest telecom operator in Russia.

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