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Alleged horizontal agreement in the mobile telecom market

The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has started an investigation into the retail market for mobile telecommunications services to assess whether mobile operators coordinated their strategy with reference to a change in the billing cycle for mobile services imposed by a change in regulation. More specifically, the operators have all reacted to the change in regulation in a similar manner, raising concern of coordination. Lear is developing an analysis in support of one of the operators, which shows that its behaviour is consistent with individual and autonomous profit maximization.