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EC takes aim at IP theft with Piracy Watch List

The European Commission has published a ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ to highlight websites and marketplaces that undermine the intellectual property rights of EU companies and creators. The EC said the list aims to encourage the operators of these marketplaces, local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to crack down on IP abuse, while […]

European Parliament approves telecom code

The European Parliament has voted in favour of proposals to create a new European Electronic Communications Code and official status for a body of European regulators. The vote, which follows the European Commission launching the proposals as part of its Digital Single market strategy two years ago, opens the way for the European Council to […]

Cable Europe unsatisfied with EC position on VodafoneZiggo

Cable industry body Cable Europe has expressed its disappointment with the “open-ended and unclear” position of the European Commission has taken on the Liberty Global-Vodafone joint venture, VodafoneZiggo A draft decision by the Dutch regulator indentified the JV, as well as incumbent telco KPN, as having collective significant market power in the wholesale fixed broadband access market. […]

Sky independent committee welcomes EC Comcast approval

Sky’s independent committee has welcomed the European Commission’s decision at the end of last week to clear Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky. The EC concluded on Friday that the deal would realise no competition concerns in Europe. The Commission concluded that Comcast and Sky are “mainly active in different markets” in the countries in which […]

Cable and telecom groups differ on EU telecom reform deal

Cable industry body Cable Europe has welcomed an agreement reached this week between the European Parliament and Council on the draft Electronic Communications Code, with executive chairman Matthias Kurth highlighting the absence of sector-specific rules and any new definition of market power. Telecom industry organisation the European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO) on the other hand […]

Fox London office raided by European Commission investigators

European Commission investigators raided the UK offices Fox Networks Group yesterday as part of an antitrust probe. The EC said to The Telegraph, which first broke the news, that it is investigating media companies across the EU over a suspected cartel in sports rights distribution and broadcasting. The Telegraph has reported that investigators will be on […]

European Court annuls EC approval of VodafoneZiggo JV

The European Union General Court has annulled the European Commission’s approval of the merger of Vodafone and Ziggo in the Netherlands following an appeal by KPN. The European Commission approved the creation of the VodafoneZiggo joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch unit in 2014 after Liberty Global agreed to divest premium film channel […]

High speed internet ‘available in 75% of EU homes’

High-speed broadband services of at least 30 Mbps were available to 75.9% of EU households by mid-2016, according to European Commission research. The study, which was conducted by IHS Markit and Point Topic on behalf of the EC, found that in the 12 months to the end of June 2016 some 12.8 million new EU […]

EU approves Vivendi control of Telecom Italia

The European Commission has approved Vivendi’s acquisition of de facto control over Telecom Italia, after Vivendi agreed to divest Telecom Italia’s stake in Persidera. The EC said in a statement that, with this concession, the deal “would not significantly reduce competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it, including Italy.” It […]

Vivendi to challenge Italian ruling on Telecom Italia and Mediaset stakes

Vivendi has said it will take “any appropriate legal action” including a possible complaint to the European Commission after Italian regulator AGCOM ruled that it must divest a yet-to-be-specified part of its stake either in Mediaset or in Telecom Italia to conform to the country’s media concentration rules. The watchdog ruled yesterday that Vivendi could […]

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