The EU Commission blocks a merger between two mobile networks due to the risk of price increase on the market (Telefónica / Hutchison)

On 11 May 2016, the European Commission (“Commission”) prohibited the proposed acquisition of Telefónica’s O2 by Hutchison’s Three under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission’s primary concern was that a combined Three/ O2 would have the ability and incentive to raise prices in the UK market for mobile telecom services. The Commission was concerned that a ‘four to three’ deal would lead to reduced choice and quality for customers, hamper the future development of UK mobile network infrastructure, and reduce the number of mobile network operators (“MNOs”) e ectively

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Porter Elliott, The EU Commission blocks a merger between two mobile networks due to the risk of price increase on the market (Telefónica / Hutchison), 11 May 2016, e-Competitions May 2016, Art. N° 79870

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