Watchdog clears Viasat-Inmarsat merger

The UK competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, has cleared the planned merger of satellite connectivity businesses Viasat and Inmarsat after an in-depth probe. The CMA’s Phase 2 investigation into the combination found that, while Viasat and Inmarsat compete closely, the merged company will be challenged by emerging and established competitors in coming years. […]

Vodafone and Three confirm they are in UK merger talks

Vodafone and Three-owner CK Hutchison Holdings (CKHH) have confirmed that they are in discussions about a possible combination of Three UK and Vodafone UK. The envisaged transaction would involve both companies combining their UK businesses, with CKHH owning 49% and Vodafone 51% of the combined business. The relative ownership would be achieved through a differential […]

CMA to pursue in-depth review of Viasat-Inmarsat deal

The UK’s Competition & Market Authority has announced plans for an in-depth investigation into Viasat’s proposed US$7.3 billion acquisition of Inmarsat. The deal was first proposed around a year ago, and has already been subject to a preliminary review by the CMA. The Authority has now triggered a Phase 2 investigation after raising concerns the […]

UK watchdog to probe mobile browser market, takes aim at Google in-app purchases

UK competition regulator the CMA is to conduct a ‘market investigation’ into Apple and Google’s stranglehold on mobile browsers along with its impact on cloud gaming. Following a year-long study of Apple and Google’s mobile ecosystems, the watchdog says it is also to take enforcement action against Google in relation to its app store payment […]

CMA launches review into BT Sport-Eurosport merger

The merger of BT Sport and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Eurosport is set to be reviewed by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). In a statement published by the CMA, the regulator said that it has until July 28 to make its phase 1 decision on whether the tie-up would negatively impact competition in the […]

UK competition watchdog chief Coscelli to step down

UK Competition and Markets Authority chief executive Andrea Coscelli is to step down from the role at the end of his current term in July 2022. Coscelli joined the CMA as an executive director when it was created in 2013 and he has held the position of CEO since July 2016. In March 2020 he was […]

CMA turns guns on Google and Apple’s ‘vice-like grip’ on mobile

Google and Apple are exercising a “vice-like-grip” over mobile devices and steps may be necessary to remedy the impact of their effective duopoly, according to UK regulator the Competition and Markets Authority. According to the competition watchdog, the pair have been able to create self-contained ecosystems that effectively shut out third-party providers. Following the probe […]

CMA launches probe of Virgin Media-O2 merger

UK competition regulator the CMA has referred the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with Telefónica’s O2 for an in-depth Phase 2 probe following Virgin and O2’s request that the watchdog move quickly to this stage through a ‘fast-track’ process. The CMA’s move comes after it lobbied the EU to refer […]

EC passes Virgin Media-O2 merger back to UK regulator

The European Commission has acceded to a request by the UK competition regulator, the CMA, to review the planned merger between Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The CMA lodged its request soon after the EU started its investigation into the merger in October. The decision means that the CMA will now begin a […]

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