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

Altice-Numericable/SFR merger 2014
28 November 22 Miklós Kozma

Update: The French competition authority fined Altice €75m for non-compliance with the injunctions it imposed on the company in 2017 in connection with its 2014 acquisition of SFR.

Meta Platforms suspected tying abuse (pending case)
27 November 22 Marta Kajda

Update: Following the German competition authority’s antitrust investigation into Meta Platforms linking its Quest (formerly Oculus) virtual reality headsets with its social networks, Meta no longer requires users to have a Facebook account in order to use Quest headsets.

InfraVia/Liberty Global/Telefónica FTTH joint venture 2022
20 November 22 Miklós Kozma

The European Commission unconditionally cleared the creation of a joint venture by InfraVia and the parent companies of Virgin Media O2 (Liberty Global and Telefónica) to construct and operate a fibre-to-the-home network in the UK.

Latest State Aid & Subsidies intelligence

Affordable broadband connectivity in rural areas of Spain 2022
22 November 22 Janne Kalliala

The European Commission approved under EU state aid rules an €88.3m scheme to facilitate access to performant fixed broadband services at affordable prices in rural and underserved areas of Spain. The scheme is partly financed with the funds that Spain receives from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Explainer: Overview of EU state aid rules
16 November 22 Janne Kalliala

Article 107 TFEU ensures that aid granted by a member state does not distort competition and trade in the EU. An EU member state cannot implement an aid measure before the European Commission's approval. But not all public subsidies constitute state aid, and not all state aid measures must be notified to the Commission for clearance.

European Commission consults on revised Regulation that exempts small amounts of aid from EU state aid control
16 November 22 Marta Kajda

The Commission is seeking feedback until 10 January 2023 on its proposal to raise the so-called de minimis aid ceiling from the current €200,000 to €275,000.

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