Category: Competition

The European Commission stops easy consolidation in the telecom markets

The European Commission has started a Phase II investigation regarding an envisaged concentration in the Spanish telecommunications market, regarding the acquisition of Jazztel (a pure fixed operator) by Orange (a Spanish subsidiary of the French incumbent delivering both fixed and mobile services). The decision…

Broadband rural development: the “déjà vu” from the European Commission

While people are still speculating about what will be the approach of the new European Commission to boost investments in broadband, Mr. Oettinger – the (German) commissioner for the Digital Agenda – launched a provocative proposal via his blog: in order to boost investments…

The new relevant market recommendation: Kroes playing the last (deregulatory) trump

The European Commission has published the new recommendation on relevant markets, i.e. the document which will guide the national regulators (“NRAs”) in assessing competition in the EU and imposing regulatory remedies such as access to networks, price control, non-discrimination and so on. The European…

Telefonica/KPN: hard time for consolidation and weddings in the mobile market

The Competition directorate of the European Commission, lead by Joachim Almunia, has started an in-depth analysis of the proposed merger between the German mobile branches of Telefonica and KPN. The procedure, so called “Phase II” under the merger rules, will analyze in details the…

The European telecom regulators reject the Single Market proposal

(See below the Update of October 17, 2013, concerning the final opinion of Berec) Berec, the European agency based in Riga representing the national telecom regulators (such as AGCOM, ARCEP, OFCOM ecc) published a statement reacting negatively to the Single Market proposal announced by…

European Single Market: the honeymoon between Kroes and big telcos is over

Background: the European Commission intends to radically reform the regulatory framework for electronic communications services, in order to overcome the current fragmentation (28 countries and respective markets) and create a Single European Market. The challenge is open. The proposer, commissioner Neelie Kroes responsible for…

Net neutrality and competition: the European Commission shakes the European market

The European Commission has started investigations over dominant European ISPs (at least Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica) in order to verify whether they are abusing of their dominant position in the broadband market with regard to Internet peering services. The European officers intend to…