The EU Commission study analyzes two national telecom merger cases, and finds an associated increase in prices in the Netherlands case, but not in the Austria case (T-Mobile / Orange), (T-Mobile / tele.ring)

Ex post analysis of two mobile telecom mergers: T-Mobile/tele.ring in Austria and T-Mobile/Orange in the Netherlands* In a nutshell: Ex post evaluation of merger decisions is a valuable tool for improving the understanding of markets and to assess merger control policy. To provide reliable results, ex post evaluation requires a careful definition of the outcome variable of interest and of the estimation methods, in particular when analysing complex industries. The results of a recent ex post study published by the Commission suggest that the T-Mobile/Orange merger in the Netherlands in 2007 was associated with a price increase. In contrast, the remedied T-Mobile/tele.ring merger in Austria in 2006 did not result in increased prices. Introduction What happened to prices after a

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  • European Commission (Brussels)
  • CRA International (Munich)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Luca Aguzzoni, Benno Buehler, Luca Di Martile, The EU Commission study analyzes two national telecom merger cases, and finds an associated increase in prices in the Netherlands case, but not in the Austria case (T-Mobile / Orange), (T-Mobile / tele.ring), 15 December 2015, e-Competitions December 2015, Art. N° 86429

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