USA: Investigation into an alleged cartel of AT&T/Verizon/GSMA


© Reuters. USA: INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED CARTEL OF AT&T/VERIZON/GSMA

(Reuters) – The department of Justice of the United States has opened an investigation into an alleged cartel between AT&T, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), a professional organization, and may be other providers, which would have been for the purpose of preventing the consumer to easily change mobile operator, said on Friday a source in the done folder.

The New York Times, citing six people, wrote Friday that the Justice department launched its investigation five months ago almost on a complaint from at least one device manufacturer and a telecom operator mobile.

The department and AT&T have abstained from any comment. Verizon was not available in the immediate future.

According to the source, the fact of the record, the us government, at the time of president Barack Obama, was investigated after similar complaints in 2016, but not go further.

The New York Times reports that the department of Justice has sent requests for information to at&T, Verizon and standards body GSMA, about possible initiatives intended to prevent a technology called eSIM. This last allows you to change your mobile operator without having to insert a new SIM card physical in the mobile phone.

The GSMA declined to comment.

(Munsif Vengattil in Bangalore and David Shepardson and Diane Bartz in Washington; Wilfrid Exbrayat for the French service)

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