The EU Commission approves acquisition of a mobile network operator by virtual mobile network operator, subject to fix-it-first remedies (Liberty Global / BASE)

LIBERTY GLOBAL / BASE: FIWING IT FIRST IN THE BELGIAN MOBILE MARKET* In a nutshell: Liberty Global/BASE entailed the acquisition of a mobile network operator by a mobile virtual network operator. The transaction prompted an in-depth investigation and was ultimately cleared with a fix-it-first remedy to preserve competition in the Belgian mobile market. 1. Introduction On 4 February 2016 the Commission approved Liberty Global's acquisition of the Belgian mobile operator BASE, a subsidiary of the Dutch telecoms group KPN, subject to remedies. The acquisition was one in a string of deals in the European telecoms sector, which has seen a wave of consolidation in the past three years. The acquisition brought together two providers of retail mobile services operating in Belgium. The

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Fanny Dumont, Luca Manigrassi, Staffan Martinsson, Simon Vande Walle, The EU Commission approves acquisition of a mobile network operator by virtual mobile network operator, subject to fix-it-first remedies (Liberty Global / BASE), 4 February 2016, e-Competitions February 2016, Art. N° 86448

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