A Secret Collaboration on the Telecommunications Market

Serdar Kücükyildiz

Student thesis: Master thesis


It is clear that the market of telecommunication has been under the pressure of a price war. The telecommunication companies are struggling to cope with the diving prices, and only the biggest companies remain in the war. The price war has led some of the market players into collaboration, although this collaboration was not accepted. Two of the biggest market players wished to unite as one by merging, however, this merger was not accepted by the European commission. The European commission meant, that the merger between Telia and Telenor would create a too big of a market player and that this would impose restrictions and difficulties on the market competition. On that basis, it clearly stands out that these two market players still hold their wish to unite, which is why there is a big chance of collusion. Based on the European competition law and the national law of competition, it is clear to see, that colluding is prohibited and illegal. However, it is necessary to analyze this condition to determine whether colluding would be beneficial or disadvantageous. Subsequently, it is particularly relevant to analyze alternative methods of a collaboration between these market players. This research will analyze and focus on the legal consequences of colluding as a cartel, colluding by concerting practices and conducting a parallel behavior on the market. Subsequentially, this research will aim to clarify the financial benefits of conducting a cartel. Finally, the research will provide a solution for one of the market players, based on the legal and economic analysis.

EducationsMSc in Commercial Law, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages77
SupervisorsVishv Priya Kohli