Work Area: Telecoms

T-Mobile seeks to appeal against survival of AT&T and Verizon customer suit

T-Mobile has said that allowing a proposed class of AT&T and Verizon customers to challenge its merger with Sprint would upend settled standards for bringing antitrust claims.

30 November 2023

Spanish government plans to split up CNMC

Spain’s coalition government has proposed removing telecommunication regulatory powers from the National Commission of Markets and Competition but antitrust enforcement in that sector will likely remain with the agency.

24 November 2023

AG Collins backs EU enforcer in “default interest” dispute

Deutsche Telekom’s bid to force the European Commission to pay €1.75 million in compensatory interest on a fine that was partially annulled by the General Court is unnecessarily punitive, an advisor to the European Court of Justice has said.

23 November 2023

Top UK mobile operators dodge standalone antitrust claim

A UK court has dismissed claims from a defunct mobile retailer that Vodafone, O2 and EE illegally colluded to force it into insolvency.

13 November 2023

Belgium closes landmark abuse probe into below-threshold merger

Proximus’ €20.5 million acquisition of edpnet no longer faces an abuse of dominance investigation following the sale of the telco provider to a rival, Belgium’s Competition Authority has said – concluding the first application of the EU top court’s Towercast judgment.

07 November 2023

Italy re-issues €200 million fines to telecoms cartel following court ruling

Italy's Competition Authority has re-imposed €200 million cartel fines on the country's four largest telecommunication companies but slashed its original sanction by almost €28 million after amending the infringement period.

19 October 2023

Vodafone/Three claim they could exit UK telecoms market without merger

Vodafone and Three have argued their proposed €17.5 billion joint venture will challenge the UK’s “structurally dysfunctional” telecommunications duopoly, while claiming they may be forced to exit the market if their deal cannot proceed.

17 October 2023

CMA seeks views on Vodafone/Three

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has invited rivals and other interested parties to weigh in on Vodafone’s proposed €17.5 billion merger with Three ahead of launching a formal probe.

11 October 2023

Dutch enforcer ramps up telecoms probe

The launching of a Phase II probe into KPN’s purchase of a "no frills" rival signals that the Dutch competition authority is adopting a stricter stance towards mergers in the sector, experts say.

15 September 2023

Antitrust doesn’t exempt consumer protection violations, court rules

Federal antitrust law does not absolve Cricket Wireless from failing to notify customers that it planned to shut down its network pending its acquisition by AT&T, a Maryland appellate state court has said.

07 September 2023

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