Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica did not squeeze out Internet rivals, EU antitrust regulators said, in a case emblematic of the tussle between web companies and telecoms operators.
The European Commission had closed a 14-month investigation, which started with dawn raids triggered by a U.S. competitor, as it had found no proof of wrongdoing.
The Commission took action following concerns raised by U.S.-based Cogent Communications. It did not name the companies investigated, but the firms themselves confirmed the dawn raids.
“The Commission found no evidence of behaviour aimed at foreclosing transit services from the market or at providing an unfair advantage to the telecoms operators’ own proprietary content services,” the EU executive said in a statement.
But it said it would continue to monitor the sector closely.