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EC gives green light to Liberty Global-Vodafone deal

The European Commission has given a green light to Liberty Global’s sale of its German and central European operations to Vodafone. The €19 billion deal is now expected to close on July 31. Liberty Global said that all regulatory conditions had now been met in alignment with the original terms of the deal. The sale […]

Interest in cross-border streaming growing, but EU consumers still confused

Over half of EU citizens are aware of EU action to counter geoblocking of goods and services including video streaming services, but only 29% know which rights specifically apply to them, according to a Eurobarometer survey carried out for the European Commission. The survey found that the number of internet users trying to get cross-border […]

EC ‘set to green light’ Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

The European Commission is set to give a green light to Vodafone’s plan to acquire Liberty Global’s German and central and eastern European assets, according to a report by Reuters. The news agency reported that the EU antitrust authorities were set to approve the deal after Vodafone offered concessions in May, citing unnamed sources. Vodafone […]

German broadcasters group slams Vodafone concessions

German commercial broadcaster association Vaunet has slammed Vodafone’s moves to secure EC regulatory approval of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s Unitymedia as missing the point. Vaunet managing director Harald Flemming said that Vodafone’s moves were “could only astonish” observers as they “mostly” met requirements under existing German regulations for open access to broadband networks under […]

Vodafone moves to secure green light for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone Deutschland has struck a cable wholesale agreement with Telefónica Deutschland in a move designed ensure that the EC gives approval to cable giant Liberty Global’s sale of its Germany business to the operator. Vodafone has submitted a remedy package comprising the cable wholesale agreement and a commitment to ensure sufficient capacity is available for […]

European Council adoption makes copyright directive definitive

The European Council has adopted the controversial new copyright directive. The adoption of the new rules, following the European Parliament’s endorsement, means that the directive must now be implemented in national law by member states over the next two years. The directive is designed to ensure authors and artists are recompensed for their work but […]

EC provides funding for Italian broadband rollout

The European Commission has allocated €573 million in funding to support the deployment of fast broadband in Italy. The EU funding, covering 60% of the project’s eligible costs, will help bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available.More than Italian 7,000 municipalities will be covered, totalling 12.5 million inhabitants and almost […]

Vodafone confident on ultimate approval for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone has told Bloomberg that its proposed US$20.6 billion (€18.4 billion) takeover of Liberty Global’s cable assets in Germany and Eastern Europe is still on track for completion in mid-2019, despite regulatory scrutiny of the deal. The update followed news that the European Commission has sent both companies a statement of objections setting out why […]

European Parliament OKs new portability rules with SatCab directive

The European Parliament has approved the new SatCab directive that will enable access to online TV and radio services across borders. The passing of the directive by the parliament follows its passing of controversial new copyright legislation earlier this week that will see online platforms made liable for copyright-infringing works posted on their sites. The […]

EC reportedly set to warn Vodafone on Liberty Global deal

The EC is about the issue a warning to Vodafone about potentially anti-competitive effects of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets, according to a Reuters report. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that the EC will issue a statement of objectives including a warning about its concerns ahead of the June 3 […]

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