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Vietnam – 3G Fee Hike Does Not Violate Competition Law.

10 February, 2014

 

Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Vietnam – Corporate/M&A

 

On 30 December 2013, the Vietnam Competition Authority (“VCA”) dismissed allegations that a recent simultaneous price hike in 3G data packages by the country’s three largest mobile network operators, Viettel, MobiFone and Vinaphone was anticompetitive.

 

Specifically, the VCA found no evidence of collusion between the three operators, noting that: (i) each operator’s proposals for price increases were lodged with the Ministry of Information and Communications at different times; (ii) each operator had submitted different scheduled start dates and price increases for packages other than 3G data packages; and (iii) the common start date of 16 October selected by all three operators for their price hike was not the result of collusion but actually an adherence to the common practice where 3G tariffs are payable either in the beginning or middle of the month.

 

Rajah & Tann

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Lim Wee Han, Partner, Rajah & Tann
wee.hann.lim@rajahtann.com

 

Bui Khuong Diem Hoan, Rajah & Tann
hoan.bui@rajahtann.com

 

 

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