In September 2021, the Government announced a reform on the
‘special mobile tax’, which is currently charged at between 12% -
20% of the mobile tariff, (and VAT of 24% is applied on top of
this). Effective as of calendar year 2022, this ‘special mobile
tax’ will be abolished for subscribers aged up to 29 years, and
reduced to 10% for all other subscribers.
Nova (ex-Forthnet) has filed a complaint with the Administrative
Court requesting the annulment of the Vectoring/FTTH allocation
decisions. The hearing date has been postponed to November
In December 2020, Vodafone Greece acquired 2x10 MHz of 700 MHz,
2x20 MHz of 2.1GHz, 140 MHz of 3.5 GHz, and 400 MHz of 26 GHz in
the recent auction for €130m. The spectrum acquired has a 15-year
duration to 2035, with the option of a further five-year
Following the publication of the 5G Auction Tender document, a
petition by Greek residents for its annulment, as well as for any
future administrative acts, was filed before the Council of the
State on the grounds it infringed environmental protection
provisions. The hearing date is set for December 2021.
The national regulatory authority’s (‘EETT’) decision in relation
to Wind’s complaint against Vodafone Greece and Cosmote alleging
abuse of dominance in relation to calls to mobile networks in
Albania is pending.
Vodafone Greece appealed EETT’s decision on the MVNO access
dispute resolution between Vodafone and Nova (ex-Forthnet).
The hearing of the case is scheduled for December 2021 before the
Administrative Court of Appeal.
The development of a margin squeeze test model based on
non-discrimination obligation for OTE’s retail plans is currently
in progress. Operators have provided their comments on the model,
and these have been assessed by EETT. The finalized model is
expected to be notified to the EC and unless there are significant
comments, the final decision is expected to be issued within Q1
In February 2018, EETT issued decisions related to the Universal
Service Cost for the years 2010 (accounting to €24,83m) and 2011
(accounting to €21,98m). Based on these decisions, the Universal
Service Cost has been proved an unfair burden for OTE, the
designated Universal Service Provider 2010 and 2011. According to
the Telecommunications Law 4070/2012 and the Ministerial Decision
28120/974/11-5-2007, in such cases, the Universal Service net costs
are shared to all telecom operators. Based on this, the EETT issued
a second round of decisions for the allocation of the Universal
Service Cost to each operator. For the years 2010 and 2011, the
allocated cost based on revenue for Vodafone Greece was €4.8m and
€4.2m respectively. In June 2020, the Administrative Court of
Appeal Court rejected the petitions for the annulment of EETT’s
decisions. In June 2021 Vodafone appealed against the decisions
before the Council of the State. Due to the suspension of court
operations throughout Greece due to COVID-19, the deadline for the
filing of the appeals has been postponed.
The NRA published the decision on the USO net cost for the period
2012-2016 of total amount €36,8m for all operators, with Vodafone
Greece share being about €7,75m, payable in 5 yearly instalments.
Vodafone Greece intends to file a petition for the annulment of the
In August 2019, the EC sent a statement of objections to O2 Czech
Republic, CETIN and T-Mobile Czech Republic with respect to the
competition concerns in relation to the parties’ network sharing
agreement. Following commitments offered by the parties in respect
of the agreement, on 1 October 2021 the EC announced it was seeking
stakeholder feedback on these commitments.
Vodafone filed a complaint to the EC, regarding Czech Republic’s 5G
spectrum auction, arguing that the auction terms set by the Czech
national regulatory authority (‘CTU’) infringed EU law. The case is
The re-farming of 3.4-3.8GHz spectrum was completed in September
2021, to provide contiguous spectrum to each spectrum holder in
this band (Vodafone Czech Republic has 60 MHz).