European Commission blocks the merger first mobile providers




The European Commission blocked the merger of the Danish branches of TeliaSonera and Telenor. It is to our knowledge the first time that the Commission holds such a merger.

The Nordic provider TeliaSonera and Telenor wanted to merge, but the European Commission has set such high standards that both companies plan have now been canceled. In Denmark share the providers already have a network, but the number of providers offering services would thus decline from four to three and that would not benefit the competition, argued the Commission.

Earlier, the Commission similar mergers have been approved, including those of KPN and Telfort and Orange and T-Mobile in the Netherlands, bringing the number of providers on the Dutch market decreased from five to three. Meanwhile a fourth provider added that Tele2 has started its own 4G network.

The blockade is a signal to providers that the Commission no longer approve all mergers and acquisitions of providers. In the Benelux would include KPN and Proximus popular candidates for a takeover. Thus Orange interest have.

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