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CONFIDENTIAL
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European CommissionDG CompetitionRegistryrue Joseph II 701000/BrusselsBELGIUM
COMPLAINTRe: Infringements of Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty
1.Thecomplainant:
DataCellehf.id.no.460709-0160,Skúlagata19,101Reykjavík,isalimitedliabilitycompanyincorporatedunderthelawsofIceland.(HereinafterthecomplainantwillalternativelybereferredtoasDataCellorasthe“Complainant”)DataCelloffersdataandsoftwarehostingservices,rangingfromthehostingofwebsites,physicalandvirtualserverstotheoperationofcompletedatacentres.
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DataCellhasalsooperatedpaymentgatewaysandactedasapaymentfacilitatorenablingbusinesses,NGOs,humanitarianorganisationsandotherswhichdoand/orchoosenottohavetheirownmerchantaccounttoacceptpaymentcards.
1.1CorporateGroup:
DataCellispartofagroupof4companiesundercommonownership,whichtogetherformaninter-supportiveandacohesivecompanygroupwellequippedtoserveandsupportinternational(aswellasIcelandic)customersofvariableneeds:1.Kerfisþróunehf.id.no.540409-0130,Skúlagötu19,(“Kerfisþróun”),developssoftwareandprovideshostingofcomputerandsoftwarefortheIcelandicmarket.KerfisþróunhasdevelopeditsownERPsoftwarethatareservedeitherstandaloneoronaSaaSmodelto

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Cloudcomputingandhostingofdataandcomputerapplicationsystemsforbusinessesaswellasindividualshasseenrapiddevelopmentinthepastfewyears.Datacentresare,however,veryenergydemanding.Atthesametimetheirusers(customers),especiallyinEuropeandNorthAmerica,arebecomingmoreandmoreconsciousoftheenvironmentalimpact/footprintleftbythesecentres.Demandforrdatacentreswhorunon“greenenergy”i.e.usesustainableenergyresourcesisthereforealsogrowingrapidly.IcelandandSwitzerland(whereDATACELLintendsalsotooperate)offer“greenenergy”andespeciallyIcelandhasbeensoughtafterasalocationforenvironmentfriendlydatacentres.AnumberofbusinessesandentrepreneurshaveidentifiedIcelandasaprimelocationfordatacentresastheretheycanbeexclusivelydrivenonnon-fossilenergy.(SeeforinstancealsoThor,DataCellandVernerGlobal.
 
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over3000Icelandiccustomers,whichconstitutesa25%marketshareforsimilarERPapplicationsinIceland.Inaddition,manyofKerfisþróun’scustomershosttheirbusinessapplicationsatDATACELL’sdatacentrefacilitiesandpaymyclientfortheseserviceswiththeuseofInternationalpaymentcards.2.Backboneehf.id,no.540710-1120,Skúlagötu19,Reykjavík,(“Backbone”),isanInternetinfrastructurecompanyfocusingoperatingphysicallinesnecessaryforlocalInternetconnectionsinIceland.BackbonehasextensiveplanstoinstallfiberlineswithinIcelandtosupportmyclient’sdatacentrefacilitiesaswellaslinestoandfromthecountry.3.iCellehfid.no.540710-1200,Skúlagötu19,Reykjavík(“iCell”),isaretailInternetandwirelessandtelephoneserviceproviderwhichbuildsonmyclient’sDataCell’sdatacentrefacilitiesandBackbonesfiberinfrastructuretoofferandprovideitsservicesinIceland.DATACELLhasthreesubsidiaries:DataCellisunderequalownershipofMr.AndreasFinkofGenevaSwitzerlandandMr.ÓlafurSigurvinssonofReykjavíkIceland.MrFinkhasacontrollinginterestinanumberundertakingsinEuropeandtheUS.Theseare.(i)
 
SMSRelayAG,Switzerland,aSMSWholesaleprovider,(100%)(ii)
 
FinkConsultingGmbH,Switzerland,TelecomandITConsultingandResale(100%)(iii)
 
AlisanusGmbH,Switzerland,ManagementCompany(100%)(iv)
 
BebbiCellAG,PagingOperator,VoIPoperator(40%)(v)
 
SmartTelecomLtd.UKcompany,(100%)(vi)
 
IceCellInc.,UScompany,(100%)(vii)
 
GlobalNetworksSwitzerlandAG(viii)
 
BebbiCellInc.UScompany,(100%)
1.2Contactperson:
SveinnAndriSveinsson,AttorneytotheSupremeCourtofIceland,PartnerinReykjavíkLawFirm.Borgartúni25,105Reykjavík,Iceland(sveinnandri@icelaw.is
2.Theundertakingswhoseconductandactionsisthesubjectofthiscomplaint:
Thiscomplaintrelatestofourundertakings,namelyVisaEuropeLtd.(hereinafter“VisaEurope”),MasterCardEuropeSprl(hereinafter“MasterCardEurope”,TellerA/S(hereinafter“Teller”)andKortaþjónustanehf.(hereinafter“Korta”).ThecomplainantisapreviousandpotentialcustomerofTellerandKorta.Tellerisamember/customerofVisaEuropeandMasterCardEurope.KortaoperatesasanagentofTeller.
 
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2.1VisaEurope
isalimitedliabilitycompanyincorporatedunderthelawsEnglandandWaleswithregisteredofficeat1SheldonSquare,LondonW26TT.VisaEuropeisownedandgovernedbyitsmembers/shareholdersandoperatesasalicenseeofVisaIncUSAunderanexclusive,perpetualandirrevocablelicense.Onlyfinancialundertakingsareeligibleasowners/membersofVisaEurope.
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MasterCardEuropeSprl.
developsandofferspaymentsolutionsandprocessingpaymentsforfinancialinstitutions,banks,businesses,cardholders,andmerchants.Italsomarketscardsandguaranteespaymentthroughitssystems,andtracksconsumerbehaviourandbuyingtrends.Address:ChausséedeTervuren,198AWaterloo,1410,Belgium.
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MasterCardEuropeSprloperatesasasubsidiaryofMasterCardIncorporated.
2.3
Teller
A/SLautrupbjerg10DK-2750BallerupDenmark.TellerA/SisapartoftheNetsGroupinScandinaviawhichwasformedthroughthemergerofPBSInternationalA/SofDenmarkwithBBSandTellerA/S,whichbothwereNorwegiancompanies.TellerisnowaNets’subsidiaryfocusingonacquiringofinternationalpaymentcards.TellerisbothamemberofVisaEuropeandMasterCardEuropeasalicensedacquirer.
2.4
Korta(officiallynamedKortaþjónustanehf.id.no430602-3650,Skipholti50b,Reykjavík,IcelandoperatesasanagentunderTellerofferingbusinessesinIcelandaccesstotheacquiringservicesofTeller.
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Theconductwhichissubjectofthecomplaint:
On18October2010,DataCellconcludedaservicesagreementwithTeller(previouslyknownasPBSInternationalA/S)andKortawhichenabledDataCelltoacceptanumberofinternationalpaymentcards,namelyVisa,VisaElectron,JCBandMasterCard(hereinafter“theMerchantAgreement”).TheMerchantAgreementisenclosedasAnnex1.On7December2010,thepaymentcardacceptanceservicesprovidedbyTellerandKortatoDATACELLundertheMerchantAgreementwereterminatedwithoutpriornotice.Subsequently,DataCellhasmadeseveralrequeststoTellerandKortaaskingthemtoeitherresumetheservicesundertheMerchantAgreementorenterintoanewpaymentcardacceptanceagreementwithDataCell.TellerandKortahave,however,refusedtoresumethesupplyofpaymentcardacceptanceservicestoDataCell.Inane-maildated10January2011,enclosedasAnnex2,TellerhasexplainedthatthedecisivereasonfortheterminationoftheservicesprovidedtoDataCellwasthatTellerhadbeenorderedtodosobyVisaEuropeandMasterCard.
 
On9June2011DataCellsentalettertoTeller,MCandVisa,demandingthatthecompany’sMerchantAgreementbereactivatedotherwisemyclientwouldhavenoalternativebutto

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