competition

Competition in the communications sector is complex and fast-changing. This presents both risks and opportunities to providers, as well as challenges for public authorities.

Our competition intelligence services help organisations understand the changing face of competition. We help them grasp the commercial and policy implications of new developments, and make decisions with efficiency and confidence.

Offered on a subscription basis, the service includes alerts, reports, and a database of case summaries written in English. You can also contact our competition law experts at any time for answers to specific questions.

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antitrust & mergers

Our Antitrust & Mergers service makes it simple to follow key trends in competition law and its enforcement. Covering the telecoms, media and postal sectors, as well as the digital economy, our intelligence helps leaders:

    • Stay informed on developments in abuse of dominance cases, covering infringements such as excessive pricing, predatory pricing, margin squeeze, self-preferencing, and tying and bundling.
    • Access data on the actions taken across the EU to address potentially anti-competitive agreements, such as network co-investment and sharing, and online sales restrictions in distribution agreements.
    • Track merger control cases to understand the wider implications of market consolidation for competition in Europe.

state aid & subsidies

Our State Aid & Subsidies service offers intelligence on EU rules designed to ensure that public support measures in telecoms and the digital economy do not unduly distort competition and private investment. The principal focus of the service lies in the application of state aid rules to subsidised broadband deployment and take-up measures.

Subscribe to our State Aid & Subsidies intelligence service to:

    • understand the allowances and limits of public funding for broadband under EU state aid rules
    • follow the enforcement of these rules in relation tother developments, such as unfair advantages in spectrum auctions and big tech taxation
    • gain insights into key EU funding initiatives in telecoms and the digital economy, such as the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
    • understand the implications of the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR)

     

Latest Antitrust & Mergers intelligence

Letta report: EU telecoms sector needs scale, a European regulator, a unified spectrum policy and guidance on specialised services
18 April 24 Martin Schraa

Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta presented a roadmap towards an EU single market for electronic communications by 2029. The current and upcoming Council presidencies are to “take work forward” on his recommendations by the end of the year.

Zásilkovna exclusivity requirements for parcel shops 2024
14 April 24 Miklós Kozma

Following an antitrust investigation by the Czech competition authority, parcel delivery company Zásilkovna undertook to change the terms of its contracts with parcel shops (pick-up points), allowing them to be used by rival parcel delivery companies.

Magyar Telekom and Yettel Hungary network sharing and suspected bid rigging 2023 (no infringement)
11 April 24 Miklós Kozma

The Hungarian competition authority closed its investigations into cooperation between Magyar Telekom and Yettel Hungary (previously Telenor Hungary) without the finding of an infringement.

Latest State Aid & Subsidies intelligence

Letta report: EU telecoms sector needs scale, a European regulator, a unified spectrum policy and guidance on specialised services
18 April 24 Martin Schraa

Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta presented a roadmap towards an EU single market for electronic communications by 2029. The current and upcoming Council presidencies are to “take work forward” on his recommendations by the end of the year.

Deployment of high-speed fixed broadband networks in France 2024
15 April 24 Carmen Mateas

The French authorities reported to the European Commission a large €500m state aid scheme to support the deployment of high-speed fixed broadband networks of at least 30 Mbps (download) and the ancillary backhaul networks. The scheme falls under the EU General Block Exemption Regulation.

Compensating telecoms operators in Italy for rise in energy costs 2024
09 April 24 Janne Kalliala

The European Commission approved under EU state aid rules a €35m Italian scheme to compensate telecoms operators for the exceptional rise in electricity costs caused by Russia's war against Ukraine.

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