EU raids mobile phone companies

Regulators launch unannounced inspections in price-fixing investigation

EU regulators raided mobile phone operators in Germany and the UK on Wednesday to collect evidence for an investigation into price fixing on mobile phone roaming charges.

The European Commission said in a statement that nine mobile phone operators had received "simultaneous unannounced inspections". The Commission did not name the companies, but Vodafone Group, BT Cellnet, One2One, T-Mobile, E-Plus, Orange and VIAG Interkom have all confirmed that they were involved.

The operators are suspected of collaborating to charge high rates for international mobile phone roaming. The case has gained added resonance recently with operators collaborating to build 3G networks.

More details to follow.

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