Government demands explanations from Telecom

Estonia’s government has summoned the heads of Estonian Telecom, the local mobile and fixed-line units owned by TeliaSonera, Sweden’s largest telephone company, to explain two nationwide disruptions to its services within two weeks, reported Bloomberg.

Mobile services of EMT, the largest operator in Estonia, were disrupted for about an hour before noon yesterday due to a core network problem and didn’t return to normal for another 6 hours, EMT spokeswoman Kaja Sepp said late yesterday in a phone interview from Tallinn.

Fixed-line unit Elion said on Nov. 17 its services were interrupted for more than an hour across the country, affecting a “big share” of clients, due to a core network problem. The company said on Nov. 19 the problem stemmed from faulty software on two routers, adding it was an “extraordinary” event in Elion’s and its predecessor’s 20-year history.

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Price of ignorance: 250 million kroons

One of Estonia’s most poweful businessmen Jüri Käo says that businessmen should study the competition law in more detail since otherwise they can enter cartel agreements without knowing it.

Speaking of why the competition authority has been recently investigating a growing number of suspected cartels, Käo says that such ignorance is dangerous, since, if found guilty, a company can be fined up to 250 million kroons for being involved in a cartel, writes Äripäev.

Some of the most famous cases involving suspicions of cartel agreements concern bread and milk prices and such companies as Liviko distillery, road building firms Nordecon and KPK Teedeehitus and Prisma supermarket chain.

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