Ofcom has issued a Statement of Objections to Royal Mail, setting out Ofcom’s provisional view that Royal Mail has abused a dominant position by engaging in conduct that amounted to unlawful discrimination against postal operators competing with Royal Mail in delivery.  Specifically, the Statement of Objections alleges that the changes to Royal Mail’s wholesale prices for bulk mail delivery services contained a differential in pricing which meant that, in practice, higher access prices would be charged to access customers that competed with Royal Mail in delivery than to those access customers that did not.  The Statement alleges that these higher access prices would act as a disincentive against entry into the delivery market, increasing barriers to expansion for postal operators seeking to compete with Royal Mail in this market, and leading to a potential distortion of competition against the interests of consumers.  Click here.