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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 […]

Spanish watchdog consults on audiovisual services regulation of video-sharing platforms

Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC has opened a public consultation on the regulation of service providers on video sharing platforms, with the goal of assessing the application of the country’s audiovisual law on such platforms. The CNMC said that it was consulting with the objective of garnering viewpoints and information relevant t to the function […]

Broadcom commits to stop locking in set-top OEMs to head off EC action

The European Commission is to seek the views of “interested parties” after chipset giant Broadcom agreed to make changes to its agreements with set-top and modem vendors to head off possible fines for breaches of competition rules. The EC could potentially make the commitments from the company binding. If Broadcom subsequently breaks the agreement it […]

German operators take legal action against Liberty Global-Vodafone approval

German regional network operator NetCologne has confirmed it is taking legal action to challenge EU approval of Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global, after European Court of Justice officials told German press that it, together with Deutsche Telekom and Tele Columbus had filed complaints about the decision.   The Cologne-based operator said that the […]

Telia ‘offers concessions’ to secure green light for Bonnier acquisition

Telia is reportedly offering to give rival service providers access to its free-to-air and basic pay TV channels at fair and reasonable rates to secure EU approval for its acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting. According to Reuters, citing an EU document it has seen, Telia has offered to give TV service providers in Sweden and Finland […]

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 […]

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