The Austrian Cartel Court clears in phase II the acquisition of alternative telecoms operator by incumbent while accepting infrastructure and wholesale remedies (eTel/Telekom Austria)

On 12 April 2007, the Austrian Cartel Court cleared the acquisition of alternative telecoms operator eTel by Austrian incumbent Telekom Austria (TA), subject to remedies entered into by TA. TA is the Austrian telecoms incumbent and is the strongest player on the various Austrian markets for fixed line telephony, Internet services and - via its subsidiary Mobilkom Austria AG - mobile telephony. As the owner of telecoms infrastructure which is a prerequisite for the provision of services by alternative telecoms operators, TA also is a necessary trading partner for alternative telephony and internet providers. eTel's main business is in the provision of fixed line telephony and of internet access, with a focus on business customers. eTel is a full service provider and has access to

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  • Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte (Vienna)
  • Bpv Hügel (Vienna)

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Axel Reidlinger, Heinrich Kühnert, The Austrian Cartel Court clears in phase II the acquisition of alternative telecoms operator by incumbent while accepting infrastructure and wholesale remedies (eTel/Telekom Austria), 12 March 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2007, Art. N° 13587

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