Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 15 September 2020

Telenor Magyarország Zrt. v Nemzeti Média- és Hírközlési Hatóság Elnöke

Requests for a preliminary ruling from the Fővárosi Törvényszék

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Electronic communications – Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 – Article 3 – Open internet access – Article 3(1) – Rights of end users – Right to access applications and services and to use them – Right to provide applications and services – Article 3(2) – Prohibition of agreements and commercial practices limiting the exercise of end users’ rights – Concepts of ‘agreements’, ‘commercial practices’, ‘end users’ and ‘consumers’ – Assessment of whether the exercise of end users’ rights is limited – Detailed rules – Article 3(3) – Obligation of equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic – Possibility of implementing reasonable traffic-management measures – Prohibition of measures blocking and slowing down traffic – Exceptions – Commercial practices consisting in offering packages which provide (i) that customers subscribing to them purchase a tariff entitling them to use a given data volume without restriction, without any deduction being made from that volume for using certain specific applications and services covered by ‘a zero tariff’ and (ii) that once the data volume has been used up, those customers may continue to use those specific applications and services without restriction, while measures blocking or slowing down traffic are applied to the other applications and services

Joined Cases C-807/18 and C-39/19

Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
30/10/2020 Telenor Magyarország
15/09/2020 Telenor Magyarország
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
15/09/2020 Telenor Magyarország
04/03/2020 Telenor Magyarország
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
29/03/2019 Telenor Magyarország
Request for a preliminary ruling
20/12/2018 Telenor Magyarország
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Reports of Cases

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Systematic classification scheme

4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.11 Information and communication technologies Telecommunications
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.11 Information and communication technologies Telecommunications

Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part



Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 20/12/2018

Date of the Opinion

  • 04/03/2020

Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery



Publication in the Official Journal

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Name of the parties

Telenor Magyarország

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Simon, Denys: Communications électroniques - Neutralité du net, Europe 2020, n° 11 Novembre, Comm. 341 (FR)
  2. Sisák, Ľuboslav: Sú dátové balíky s tzv. nulovými tarifami v rozpore so sieťovou neutralitou ?, Bulletin slovenskej advokácie 2020 n° 10 p. 50-52 (SK)
  3. De Bandt, Pierre ; Nuytten, Marion: L'arrêt Telenor, ou, La réaffirmation de la neutralité d'Internet par la Cour de justice : noot : C-807/18, C-39/19, Revue de droit commercial belge 2021 p. 292-296 (FR)
  4. Eynard, Jessica: Arrêt « Telenor Magyarország » : l'accès différencié aux contenus en ligne fondé sur des considérations commerciales à l'épreuve du principe de neutralité de l'Internet, Journal de droit européen 2021 nº 6 p. 283-287 (FR)
  5. Maroni, Marta: An open internet? The Court of Justice of the European Union between network neutrality and zero rating, European Constitutional Law Review 2021 Vol.17 Issue 3 p. 517-537 (EN)
  6. Samardžić, Darko: Telekommunikationsrecht: Verstoß gegen die Netzneutralität durch Anbieten eines Zero-Rating-Tarifs : C-807/18, C-39/19 (Telenor Magyarország Zrt./Nemzeti Média- és Hírközlési Hatóság Elnöke), Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2021 p. 39-40 (DE)
  7. Brunessen, Bertrand: Le principe de neutralité de l'internet, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2021, n° 1, p. 151-152 (FR)

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Fővárosi Törvényszék - Hungary


  • Freedom of establishment
  • Freedom to provide services
  • Consumer protection
  • Approximation of laws
  • Telecommunications

Provisions of national law referred to

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Provisions of international law referred to

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Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)



Advocate General

Campos Sánchez-Bordona

Language(s) of the Case

  • Hungarian

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish