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Approval of mobile payment service bid draws fire

CONDITIONS:The Fair Trade Commission said the service, a joint bid by five telecoms firms and EasyCard Corp, carried risks, but that it had set rules to prevent a monopoly

By Camaron Kao and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

DPP lawmakers urged the Control Yuan to investigate potential malfeasance among commission members.

“The joint venture could create a monopoly in the provision of two of the most common services used in daily life: mobile phone service and mass transportation. This does not benefit consumers,” KRTC general manager Hau Chien-sheng (郝建生) told the press conference.

Kainan University’s Yang Wei-wen (楊偉文) said the venture would be a violation of the Fair Trade Act (公平交易法) “from whichever angle you want to look at it.”

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