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Finnish supreme court affirms decision regarding Sonera's interconnection pricing.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-16 September 2004-Finnish supreme court affirms decision regarding Sonera's interconnection pricing(C)1994-2004 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Finnish-Swedish telecomms operator TeliaSonera AB said on Thursday (16 September) that the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court had affirmed the interpretation of Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) on the calculation grounds applied by TeliaSonera's Finnish subsidiary TeliaSonera Finland (Sonera) to the interconnection pricing of mobile communications.

According to the decision, the interconnection pricing applied by Sonera in domestic mobile communications had not been reasonable in view of the actual costs.

The court thus contends that FICORA's decision on the method by which it had determined the value of the capital invested in Sonera's mobile network had not been contrary to law.

The interconnection fees were based on commercial interconnection agreements that Sonera had made with all mobile network operators operating in Finland.

A Sonera spokesperson said that the decision unfortunately strengthens the tendency in Finland to increase regulation in the telecommunications sector.

The decision of the court is final and legally valid, and cannot be appealed, and therefore Sonera must submit a new price-list and an account of how the interconnection fees have been derived from the actual costs to FICORA within a month.

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Title Annotation:Finnish Supreme Administrative Court; TeliaSonera AB; Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority
Comment:Finnish supreme court affirms decision regarding Sonera's interconnection pricing.(Finnish Supreme Administrative Court)(TeliaSonera AB)(Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority)
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Date:Sep 16, 2004
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