The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision to block the proposed merger in the UK sector of the mobile telephony market (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)

The General Court annuls the Commission’s decision to block the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK by Hutchison 3G UK in the sector of the mobile telephony market* On 11 May 2016, [1] the Commission adopted a decision in which it blocked, under the Merger Regulation, [2] the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK (‘O2’) by Hutchison 3G UK [3] (‘Three’). According to the Commission, that acquisition would have removed an important competitor on the United Kingdom mobile telephony market and the merged entity would have faced competition only from two mobile network operators, Everything Everywhere (EE), belonging to British Telecom, and Vodafone. The Commission considered that the reduction from four to three competitors would probably have led to an increase in prices for mobile

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European Court of Justice, The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision to block the proposed merger in the UK sector of the mobile telephony market (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK), 28 May 2020, e-Competitions May 2020, Art. N° 95141

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