Work Area: Telecoms

Brazil clears major telecoms merger but opens cartel probe into deal

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog conditionally approved the takeover of Oi by three of the country’s largest telecom operators on the same day that it accepted a recommendation by the federal prosecutor’s office to open an investigation into the acquirers over suspected collusion.

10 February 2022

Brazil probes global sports broadcasting cartel

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has said it has serious indications that eight sports media agencies and broadcasters, including Telefónica and the European Broadcasting Union, colluded over the acquisition of sports broadcasting rights on a worldwide basis.

04 February 2022

EU committed ‘serious breach’ by withholding default interest, General Court rules

The EU’s General Court has ordered the European Commission to pay Deutsche Telekom €1.75 million in compensation after the enforcer refused to pay the company default interest when its margin squeeze fine was slashed by €12 million.

19 January 2022

CMA demands commitments in telecoms infrastructure deal

Cellnex has promised to offer remedies to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority after its in-depth probe found that the company’s purchase of towers from CK Hutchison would strengthen a duopoly in the telecoms infrastructure sector.

17 December 2021

Portugal accuses pay-TV providers of advertising collusion

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused three of the country's largest pay-TV operators and an information technology consultancy of colluding to force consumers to watch advertising clips on pre-recorded programmes.

16 December 2021

Italy may use special powers to intervene in KKR’s Telecom Italia bid

The Italian government will reportedly scrutinise US-based investment company KKR’s bid to takeover Telecom Italia and could invoke a special oversight power that allows it to limit or block deals involving strategic assets.

06 December 2021

Norway’s top court upholds highest-ever fine

An appellate court has upheld the Norwegian Competition Authority’s highest ever sanction, after dismissing Telenor’s appeal against a €83.5 million fine for abusing its dominance in the mobile phone market.

30 November 2021

Top Romanian court upholds Vodafone abuse fine

Romania’s highest court has affirmed a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog to sanction Vodafone for abuse of dominance after it blocked a rival’s access to its telecommunications networks.

22 November 2021

French court rejects online streaming joint venture challenge

France’s highest administrative court has rejected an appeal challenging the national enforcer’s conditional approval of an online streaming service joint venture, ruling that the authority has no legal obligation to conduct an in-depth review or consult with third parties.

11 November 2021

Qualcomm drops jurisdiction challenge against £480 million UK class action claim

Qualcomm won’t challenge the jurisdiction of a proposed UK class action claim filed against the chipmaker, after previously arguing that the dispute cannot be heard before the country’s courts as the company’s alleged abuse of dominance did not cause loss to local consumers.

04 November 2021

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