The Norwegian Competition Authority orders Verisure and Sector Alarm a billion fee for illegal cooperation

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Sector Alarm already approved a fee of 467.3 million last year when the Authority announced this. On Wednesday, Verisure was fined NOK 766 million in the same case.

The company has had illegal cooperation on the sale of home alarms in the period from 2011 to 2017, writes the Norwegian Competition Authority.

– Verisure and Sector Alarm have collaborated not to sell home alarms to customers to each other through doorways. The collaboration was successful in that both companies limited the access their own doorkeepers had to sell home alarms to the other’s customers in the period 2011 to 2017, says competition director Lars Sørgard.

– Drawer

The fees to the two companies are different because the fee is determined based on their turnover. Verisure can appeal the decision, something they in a press release on Wednesday say they will do.

– We are very disappointed with the Norwegian Competition Authority’s decision. We disagree with the assessments of the audit and will appeal the decision to the Competition Appeals Board, says press manager Glenn Støldal in Verisure in Norway.

He further says that the facts in the case show that there is strong competition between Verisure and Sector Alarm in all sales channels during the period under investigation. He further writes that the contact between the companies has been taken out of context and that the Norwegian Competition Authority has disregarded the facts in the case.

– Serious offense

In the Norwegian Competition Authority, on the other hand, they look at the matter differently. The decision to impose a fee on the company came after evidence securing had been carried out at both Verisure and Sector Alarm in June 2017.

Until September this year, explanatory talks have been held with the parties. While Sector Alarm chose to adopt the fee after notice was sent last year, Verisure sent several comments to the decision.

– Collaborating as Verisure and Sector Alarm have done, is a serious violation of competition law, and may have led to more expensive home alarms. Market sharing is a very serious violation of the Competition Act, and the fee in this case supports this, says department director Hanne Dahl Amundsen in the audit.





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