Work Area: Telecoms

Disney drops Israeli exclusivity clauses

Israel’s Competition Authority has closed its investigation into the exclusivity clauses included in Disney’s distribution agreement with an Israeli television satellite operator to stream Disney+ because the companies abandoned the deal just weeks after its launch.

01 July 2022

Malaysian regulator accepts hybrid remedies in first major competition assessment

Malaysia’s telecommunications regulator has cleared a tie-up between two of the country’s three largest mobile service providers after they agreed to continue providing access to wholesale services on fair terms, as well as divest spectrum assets and a prepaid business.

30 June 2022

Thai regulator pushes for jurisdiction to block major telecoms deal

Thailand’s telecommunications regulator is reportedly looking to assert its power to block a proposed merger between two of the three largest domestic mobile telecom providers, despite a regulation that says businesses need not seek its approval for such deals.

10 June 2022

Canadian telecoms company uses efficiencies defence in bid to thwart merger prohibition request

Rogers is seeking to dismiss an application by the country’s competition enforcer to block its €19 billion acquisition of rival Shaw, arguing any alleged harm to competition is “far outweighed” by efficiencies from the deal.

07 June 2022

Optus urges ACCC to block Telstra/TPG infrastructure agreement

One of Australia’s three main mobile network operators has called on the country’s antitrust agency to oppose a 10-year infrastructure sharing deal between its major two rivals, arguing that it constitutes an “effective merger” of their regional and rural networks.

01 June 2022

Rogers and Shaw agree to suspend tie-up

Canada’s first and fourth-largest mobile network operators have deferred to a preliminary injunction request from the country’s competition enforcer that stops them from closing any part of their €19 billion tie-up until the authority’s challenge to the deal is resolved.

31 May 2022

Denmark conditionally clears broadband merger in Phase II

Denmark’s antitrust watchdog has cleared a tie-up between the country’s largest fibre network owner and a rival, conditioned on behavioural remedies that ensure their downstream services are not shielded from competing with other providers.

30 May 2022

WATCH: GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology

GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology took place on 15 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

21 May 2022

FTC Dems warn ITC against hold-out patent punishment

The Federal Trade Commission’s chair and one of its commissioners are cautioning the US International Trade Commission against banning the import of devices that might have infringed upon Philips’ standardised cellular technology.

18 May 2022

UPDATE: Canada opposes major telecoms deal

Canada’s Competition Bureau has confirmed it will challenge Rogers’ €19 billion acquisition of the country’s fourth-largest wireless services provider, as the agency argued the deal would eliminate an established, independent and low-priced competitor from the market.

10 May 2022

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