The German Competition Authority prohibits a merger between two major TV-cable network operators (Tele Columbus / Kabel Deutschland)

Bundeskartellamt prohibits takeover of Tele Columbus by Kabel Deutschland* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited plans by Kabel Deutschland Holding AG (KDG) to acquire the cable network operator Tele Columbus GmbH. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: ""After intensive investigations, in particular with regard to the commitments offered by KDG, the Bundeskartellamt has concluded that the anti-competitive effects of the concentration are too substantial to allow for a clearance of the project. Tele Columbus is KDG's main competitor in the new Länder. Both companies are direct competitors in Berlin and in almost all other conurbations in eastern Germany. With the merger,

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German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority prohibits a merger between two major TV-cable network operators (Tele Columbus / Kabel Deutschland), 22 February 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2013, Art. N° 64692

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