competition

The changing face of competition in the communications sector represents both a risk and an opportunity to new and incumbent providers, and a challenge to public authorities in the EU and beyond.

Our intelligence services covering Antitrust & Mergers and State Aid & Subsidies identify the commercial and policy implications of the critical developments. Our intelligence is trusted by industry, regulators and national competition authorities around the globe, allowing them to act with efficiency and confidence, without wasting time on translation and interpretation.

Offered on a subscription basis, we provide alerts, reports, and user-friendly databases of case summaries written in English. Together, they constitute a key independent resource of unbiased intelligence, presented with a commitment to clarity and depth of expertise.
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antitrust & mergers

The Antitrust & Mergers service makes it simple to track and understand competition developments in the telecoms, media and postal sectors, as well as in the digital economy.

    • 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 anticompetitive 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 coming soon!

Subscribe to our State Aid & Subsidies intelligence service:

    • Understand the possibilities and limits of public funding for broadband connectivity and take-up under the EU’s state aid rules.
    • Follow the enforcement of state aid rules against tax benefits that some EU member states may have granted to large digital companies such as Amazon and Apple.

Latest Antitrust & Mergers intelligence

Telenor mobile broadband margin squeeze 2020
12 May 22 Miklós Kozma

Update: The EFTA Court dismissed Telenor’s appeal against the 2020 decision of the EFTA Surveillance Authority to fine the company €112m for an abuse of dominance in the Norwegian wholesale mobile access market from 2008 to 2012.

Meta Platforms suspected tying abuse (pending case)
08 May 22 Miklós Kozma

Update: The German competition authority determined that Meta Platforms is subject to national competition rules introduced in 2021 which allow for intervention against specific anticompetitive practices of large digital companies. The decision could pave the way for the authority to prohibit Meta Platforms from linking its Oculus virtual reality (VR) products with its social network, Facebook.

Apple Pay alleged abuse of dominance (pending case)
04 May 22 Marta Kajda

Update: The European Commission sent a statement of objections to Apple, setting out its preliminary view that the company is abusing its dominance by preventing third-party developers of mobile wallets from accessing near-field communication (NFC) technology on iPhones, to the benefit of its own mobile wallet, Apple Pay.

Latest State Aid & Subsidies intelligence

Deployment of passive 4G or 5G mobile infrastructure in Spain 2021
15 December 21 Janne Kalliala

The European Commission approved under EU state aid rules a €150m state aid scheme for the deployment of passive mobile infrastructure that will support at least 30/10 Mbps down-/upload 4G or 5G mobile connectivity in underserved areas of Spain. The scheme is financed with the funds that Spain receives from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Connectivity vouchers for high-speed broadband take-up by SMEs in Italy 2021
15 December 21 Janne Kalliala

The European Commission approved under EU state aid rules a €610m connectivity voucher measure helping small and medium-sized enterprises to subscribe to high-speed broadband services of at least 30 Mbps.

Amazon selective tax advantage in Luxembourg 2017
22 June 21 Janne Kalliala

Update: The European Commission’s appeal is pending against the May 2021 judgment of the EU General Court, which annulled the Commission’s 2017 decision that required Luxembourg to recover €250m of illegal state aid that Amazon received between 2006 and 2014 in the form of a selective tax advantage.

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