European Commission

EC launches state aid investigation into Numericable

The European Commission has launched an investigation into French cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of networks owned by 33 municipalities over whether the operator benefited from illegal state aid. According to the EC, the sale of public assets to a private enterprise without appropriate compensation can be held to confer an advantage over other competitors and […]

Europe in danger of being sidelined without telecoms single market, says Kroes

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has again called for progress towards a single market in telecommunications and has outlined a number of measures that she would like to implement. At a public hearing at the end of last week, Kroes said that Europe was in danger of being left behind in the race to deploy […]

Europe approves Liberty-Virgin Media buyout

The European Commission has green-lit Liberty Global’s planned buyout of Virgin Media, claiming the deal would not raise competition concerns.  The €17.2 billion acquisition, which will bring together Europe’s largest cable operator and the second-largest pay TV operator in the UK, was cleared today under EU merger regulations. The commission said that the deal would […]

European wireless falling behind, warns Kroes

European digital commissioner Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe needs to work together to stop its wireless industry from falling behind the rest of the world.  In a speech made at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, Kroes called for a “more coherent, more integrated, more efficient” European telecoms market in order to foster mobile broadband […]

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