UPC hit by Czech fine

October 30, 2012 08.08 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

UPC Czech Republic has been fined CZK400,000 (€16,000) and put on a blacklist prohibiting it for bidding for public contracts for three years.

The action was taken by the country’s Office for Protection of Competition (UOHS) on the grounds that the cable operator violated the Public Procurement Act by providing false information in a tender for providing data services to a company named Net4Gas.

Specifically, this information concerned its business relationship with the companies Nodus Technologies and SuperNetwork and could have affected the candidate’s qualifications in the tender.

UPC Czech Republic carried out an internal investigation in which it concluded that the mistakes were down to an individual and the subsequent failure of internal controls.