The Belgian Competition Council grants conditional authorization for an acquisition in the broadband market (Mobistar / KPN Belgium Business)

1. Introduction On 25 March 2010, the Belgian Competition Council approved the acquisition of KPN Belgium Business NV, a subsidiary of the Dutch KPN, by Mobistar NV, part of France Télécom. The acquisition concerns on the one hand KPN's activities on the Belgian wholesale broadband market and on the other hand its direct supply of telecommunication services (telephony, broadband, data communication) to companies as end-users. KPN's services to residential customers (households, individuals) through its other Belgian subsidiary “BASE” are therefore not involved in this deal. When Mobistar notified its intended take-over on 20 January 2010, it assumed that the proposed deal would not raise any competition problems. Indeed, on the basis of the relevant market definitions applied by the

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  • KU Leuven
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)

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Peggy Valcke, Niels Baeten, The Belgian Competition Council grants conditional authorization for an acquisition in the broadband market (Mobistar / KPN Belgium Business), 25 March 2010, e-Competitions March 2010, Art. N° 31026

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