Work Area: Telecoms

Philippine teleco accused of “forum-shopping” with abuse of dominance complaint

One of the two largest mobile service providers in the Philippines has accused a new entrant of “blatant forum-shopping” by filing an abuse of dominance claim with the country’s competition watchdog over interconnection issues.

12 August 2022

Canadian soccer streamer accuses Rogers of unlawful self-preferencing

A Canadian soccer broadcaster has accused the country's largest telecommunications provider of unlawfully preferencing its own sports channel by refusing to carry the complainant’s competing service on its cable network.

09 August 2022

Philippine startup accuses mobile incumbents of abusing their dominance

A disruptive new player in the Philippine mobile services market has accused the two incumbents of abusing their dominance by making it difficult for customers to interconnect with their services.

09 August 2022

ACCC accepts commitments from Telstra to resolve 5G competition concerns

Telstra has committed to relinquishing certain radiocommunications sites for low band spectrum after Australia’s competition watchdog raised concerns that the mobile service provider was trying to undermine its rival Optus’ plans to roll out a nationwide 5G network.

03 August 2022

EU takes in-depth look at three-to-two Belgian telecoms deal

The European Commission has launched a Phase II review into Orange’s €1.8 billion proposed acquisition of Belgian rivals Voo and Brutélé to determine if the deal will reduce competition and increase the risk of collusion in several markets.

29 July 2022

Freshfields, Pérez Llorca, Latham and Gide lead Orange/MasMovil deal

Orange and MasMovil have tapped Latham & Watkins, Pérez Llorca, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gide Loyrette Nouel to steer the €18.6 billion merger of Spain's second and fourth-largest mobile network operators.

26 July 2022

Guernsey fines telecoms providers £3.4 million for collusion

The Guernsey Competition & Regulatory Authority has fined the island’s largest and third-largest telecommunications operators a combined £3.4 million for unlawfully colluding to control the provision of mobile networks on the island, including the future 5G rollout.

22 July 2022

Iceland seeks remedies to clear major telecoms tie-up

The proposed sale of Iceland’s largest telecommunications infrastructure provider to French private equity firm Ardian has been complicated by the national competition authority’s demand for “burdensome” remedies, the seller has claimed.

20 July 2022

CMA probes broadcasters over wage-fixing concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has reportedly opened a wage-fixing cartel probe into four sports broadcasters – including Sky, BT and ITV – for potentially fixing the rates offered to freelance workers.

13 July 2022

EU accepts O2/T-Mobile commitments

The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by O2, T-Mobile and local telecommunications infrastructure provider Cetin that ensures their network sharing agreements maintain infrastructure competition in the Czech Republic’s telecoms markets.

11 July 2022

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