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Ofcom, the UK’s communications watchdog, has launched an investigation into the business parcel delivery sector over concerns about competition.

The investigation follows a fine of £50 million levied on Royal Mail for anti-competitive behaviour, after the company was found to be discriminating against its rival, Whistl, by changing its contracts with wholesale customers, forcing them to pay higher prices in regions where they were still dependent on Royal Mail.

Royal Mail plans to appeal the decision on the basis that its price changes were never actually implemented.

Ofcom said it will be looking at “suspected market sharing and/or customer allocation arrangements between operators in the business parcel delivery sector in the UK and/or European Union.”

The watchdog has not said which firms are being investigated and stressed that it had not yet come to any conclusions.

(Source: ITV News)

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