The EU Commission clears the acquisition of a Dutch cable TV operator by a competitor, subject to conditions (Liberty Global / Ziggo)

"Liberty Global/Ziggo: Consolidation and Innovation in Telecoms"* In the midst of the telecoms consolidation wave observed in Europe and the US, the Commission's review of Liberty Global/Ziggo highlights the risk that fixed network consolidation can pose to innovation. Even in the absence of horizontal effects at retail level, the Commission concluded that an increase in buyer power would allow the merged entity to hamper Internet- based video innovation. On 10 October 2014, the European Commission conditionally cleared Liberty Global’s acquisition of Ziggo, the largest Dutch cable operator. Liberty Global already owned the second largest Dutch cable operator, UPC, although Ziggo's and UPC's networks in the Netherlands did not overlap. Both Liberty Global and Ziggo offered TV,

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Menno Cox, Violeta Staykova, The EU Commission clears the acquisition of a Dutch cable TV operator by a competitor, subject to conditions (Liberty Global / Ziggo), 10 October 2014, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 72124

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