Category: Competition

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…

The hands of China over Telecom Italia: how antitrust rules may perturb the deal

The envisaged purchase of a controlling stake of Telecom Italia by Chinese investors (Hutchison) is shaking the debate about the future of the Italian telecommunications market, and also raising questions about consequent implications: will Telefonica stay or leave? Should Telecom Italia’s fixed network be…

Consolidation in the European telecom market: the understood misunderstanding

The European Council, which met in Brussels in March 14-15, finally acknowledged, upon request of the European Commission, the question about need for more integration for the telecom single market: “Digital Agenda and other services (October 2013): the European Council notes the Commission’s intention to report…

European consumers are concerned about Kroes’ plans on broadband

Today  (January 10, 2013) the European Consumers organization BEUC sent a letter to Neelie Kroes warning the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda about the potential negative impact of her proposed reform on the broadband market. BEUC refers to the draft Recommendation on non-discrimination…

The big bluff of the big pan-Europe network

According to rumours gathered and published by the Financial Times, the representatives of the biggest ex-monopolist telcos (Orange, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia ecc) met with Joaquìn Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, suggesting the idea that the creation of a centralised telco newco would…

The divergences between Almunia and Kroes on broadband competition

The views of Kroes and Almunia about competition are diverging more and more. While Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda (and for remonopolization, according to many) is clearly sacrificing competition in exchange for the (eventual) investments by incumbents in NGA networks, Almunia…