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01 November 2018
Following a complaint made by a Defence Officers Housing Authority Islamabad-Rawalpindi (DHA) resident, the Competition Commission conducted an inquiry into discriminatory practices that the DHA had allegedly undertaken against Nayatel (Private) Limited in respect of the provision of cable internet and telephony services.
The DHA had allegedly refused to facilitate Nayatel's installation of its infrastructure for the provision of cable internet and telephony services and failed to issue a no-objection certificate to allow Nayatel to operate in DHA. As a result, DHA residents were forced to subscribe to the cable internet and telephony services provided by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited or DHA Teleman (a subsidiary of DHA).
The Competition Commission carried out a detailed investigation. After reviewing the evidence (comprising the correspondence exchanged between the two parties with regard to the provision of cable internet and telephony services in the location concerned) the inquiry committee found that the DHA held a dominant position in the relevant market and had abused this position by effectively and constrictively refusing to deal with Nayatel. Further, the DHA had imposed discriminatory conditions without any objective justification. Accordingly, the inquiry report recommended the issuance of a show cause notice against the respondents.
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