UPC price hikes OK’d by regulator

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United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC) Hungary, the Magyar service of the region’s most powerful cable provider, was cleared of wrongdoing by the Hungarian Competition Office (GVH) after an investigation to determine whether price hikes in 2003 violated local laws.

Because of UPC’s dominance of the Hungarian cable TV sector, competition authorities worried that 2003 price increases did not reflect market forces. But GVH investigators ruled that UPC, which is active in central Europe and the Middle East, did not profit from the fee hikes. Revenue for the cable giant was reportedly below market levels for the previous year.

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