Germany appears in court

The European Commission is expected to bring Germany before the European Court of Justice on Wednesday, over provisions to grant a “regulatory holiday” to incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom.

The EC stepped up its infringement proceedings against Germany last month, after giving Germany a chance to reply to the allegations.

The procedure was launched at the end of February after amendments to Germany’s telecoms law provided for an exemption of Deutsche Telekom’s VDSL fast internet access network from competition.

Germany was requested to remove the laws because they were incompatible with EU rules and would further benefit Deutsche Telekom’s already dominant position in the broadband market.

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