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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 30/10/2008

Polish Telekom under suspicion

The EU is currently investigating whether in offering Internet access at a particularly low rate Polish Telekom (TPSA) abused its dominant market position. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita comments: "At issue is a breach of the principle of competition. ... The whole affair was so fishy that even Brussels smelt a rat . But it is hard to be surprised about TPSA. For some time now - ultimately because of a ruling of the market monitoring authority UKE - TPSA has been losing customers to its rivals. [The monopoly Telekom is legally obliged to allow private telecommunications companies to use its network.] And no company will willingly share its profits with its rivals. ... But one need not feel sorry for TPSA [either], for its profits exceeded two billion złoty [around 550 million euros] in the first ten months of this year."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 03/09/2008

A new monopoly?

The American Internet company Google has attacked Microsoft's market supremacy with its new browser Chrome. But the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita doubts that this means the end of the monopolies: "The short history of the development of the computer sector shows that big companies rise over the ashes of other giants. IBM emerged when it showed that the endproduct is more important than the technology inside the computer, and left CBM, Atari and Texas instruments vanquished behind it. Later Microsoft showed that it is not the computer, but what we use it for, the programmes, that are key. ... Now Google has launched a massive attack on what Microsoft has been successfully selling for years: office packages. Almost anyone who has ever come in contact with a computer knows Word and Excel. This next revolution will only have advantages for customers, but it will mean the next set of headaches for Microsoft. And many people will be happy with this change of the guard, for Microsoft has in general met with little sympathy on the part of consumers. But we should not forget that the bottom line is that one monopoly is replacing another."

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