Category: Competition

The increasing uncertainty about mobile consolidation in Europe

    Mobile consolidation within domestic markets has always been in the European telcos’ wish list. However, in the last 5 years this ambition hardly clashed with the European Commission’s approach, in the persons of Margareth Vestager, heading the Competition directorate (“DG COMP”) of the…

Unlike the Shopping Case, now the European Commission strikes at heart Google’s dominance

Today’s decision of the European Commission strikes at the heart of the dominance of Google, namely its dominance in the Internet search, but not its business model and its ability to provide popular and innovative services. The Commission has in fact sanctioned the (alledged)…

The Vodafone-Liberty Global merger in Germany: the antitrust chances, pro & contra

The antitrust decision about the acquisition of several assets of Liberty Global by Vodafone will be a real dilemma for the competent offices of the European Commission, aka the Competition Directorate (“DG COMP”) lead by the Danish commissioner Margaret Vestager. During the current mandate,…

Why the end of roaming surcharges is not the start of a Single Telecom Market

The single telecom market which had to be In the last few years many people, including me, believed that the phasing-out of roaming surcharges would have shaken the European telecom market, transforming the current puzzle of distinct domestic markets into a unified, single and…

Big and small telcos: EU merger policy, between domestic and cross-border consolidation

Today’s news, that Telenor and TeliaSonera are going to abandon the planned merge of their Danish assets, will play a pivotal role in the incoming years. The nordic companies have decided to make a step back following the conditions imposed by the European Commission…

The European Parliament opens the eyes over lack of competition in European telecoms

Today the European Parliament voted an important motion for resolution on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. The report concerns, inter alia, the competitiveness situation in the European Telecom sector. The European Parliament reminds the importance of competition for investments, innovation and consumer welfares,…

The new US order about net neutrality and Internet, and the impact upon Europe

The FCC, the US regulator for telecoms and Internet, will soon adopt a fundamental decision in the matter of telecom and Internet regulation: as anticipated by various sources, US broadband access will be soon classified as a telecommunication service (while it is currently classified…