BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators have raided Deutsche Telekom
The EU Commission said On Thursday it raided the offices of some telecoms providers in several EU countries on July 9 but did not identify the companies, in line with its usual policy.
Deutsche Telekom and Orange SA confirmed the raid. A source familiar with the issue said Telefonica
"The Commission has concerns that the companies concerned may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant market position," the EU executive said in a statement.
"Internet connectivity ... is crucial for the functioning of the Internet and for end users' ability to reach Internet content with the necessary quality of service, irrespective of the location of the provider," it said.
Companies can be fined as much as 10 percent of their global turnover for breaching EU antitrust rules.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Leila Abboud in Paris, Peter Maushagen in Frankfurt and Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Erica Billingham)