The French Minister of Economy requires commitments to address possible horizontal and conglomerate effects in a merger of a mobile network and pay-TV operator and an Internet service provider (SFR / Neuf Cegetel)

Introduction On 15 April 2008, the French Minister of Economy (hereafter, the Minister) cleared the proposed acquisition by Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) of a majority share of Neuf Cegetel, subject to remedies. The transaction raised conglomerate issues in the markets for broadband Internet access and mobile telephony together with horizontal and vertical issues in the pay-TV. SFR is active in the mobile telephony sector and, from April 2007, in telephone, broadband Internet access and pay-TV sectors through its acquisition of Télé2 France. Moreover, SFR‘s majority shareholder, Vivendi, has a strong presence in the French pay-TV sector through its subsidiary Canal+. Neuf Cegetel is active in the fixed-line telecommunications and pay-TV sectors. The proposed transaction involved

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Francesco Rosati, Petr Janda, The French Minister of Economy requires commitments to address possible horizontal and conglomerate effects in a merger of a mobile network and pay-TV operator and an Internet service provider (SFR / Neuf Cegetel), 15 April 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2008, Art. N° 21259

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