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The Competition Commission has called for a wider investigation into the state of competition in the mobile phone market.

This comes after its decision to dismiss a complaint by Cell C against Vodacom and MTN for anticompetitive conduct related to on-net calls (calls between users of the same network) because of lack of evidence.

In its October 2013 complaint, Cell C alleged that Vodacom and MTN engaged in pricing strategies that made it cheaper to make on-net calls compared with calls between people on different networks.

Cell C said the price differentials applied by Vodacom and MTN prevented competition. It accused the companies of excessive pricing, inducement and margin squeeze.

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