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 subsidised telecoms projects across Europe. This includes a database of case summaries, as well as reports on EU state aid rules and how they apply to different projects.

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 state aid rules against tax benefits granted to large digital companies, such as Amazon and Apple.

Latest Antitrust & Mergers intelligence

Bonnier/Readly merger 2023
06 February 23 Miklós Kozma

Following an initial phase I merger review, the Swedish competition authority conditionally cleared media group Bonnier’s acquisition of Readly, a company offering a so-called all you can read platform which gives users digital access to magazines and newspapers from a range of publishers. Among other remedies, Bonnier undertook to continue providing publishers with the readership data that they currently receive from Readly.

Orange Belgium/VOO and Brutélé merger (pending case)
01 February 23 Miklós Kozma

Update: Orange Belgium offered commitments to the European Commission to try to obtain clearance for its acquisition of Belgian cable operators VOO and Brutélé. Following several extensions and a suspension of the deadline, the Commission’s final decision is due by 11 April 2023.

RTL Group/Talpa Network merger (pending case)
30 January 23 Miklós Kozma

Update: After a year-long investigation, the Dutch competition authority plans to prohibit the proposed merger of RTL Nederland and Talpa Network, the two largest commercial broadcasters in the Netherlands. The authority found that the merger would create a dominant position in TV advertising and the supply of TV channels, leading to price increases.

Latest State Aid & Subsidies intelligence

Explainer: EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation
06 February 23 Janne Kalliala

Complementing the existing state aid rules that only apply to EU countries, the Foreign Subsidies Regulation allows the European Commission to investigate foreign financial contributions to companies operating in the EU and redress, if needed, their distortive effects on competition. The Commission is consulting until 6 March 2023 on a draft implementing regulation on practical and procedural aspects.

Explainer: EU digital policy goals behind broadband state aid
31 January 23 Janne Kalliala

When assessing the compatibility of broadband subsidies with EU state aid rules, the European Commission recognises that they contribute to the achievement of the EU’s evolving digital policy objectives.

Affordable broadband connectivity in rural areas of Spain 2022
30 January 23 Carmen Mateas

Detailed summary available: Following the publication of the European Commission’s full state aid decision on the €88.3m Spanish scheme to facilitate affordable access to performant fixed broadband services in rural and underserved areas, the State Aid & Subsidies Database now includes a detailed summary of the case.

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