The EU Commission clears proposed acquisition of joint control in the telecommunications sector (INWIT/ TIM / Vodafone)

On 6 March 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") cleared the proposed acquisition of joint control over INWIT by Telecom Italia ("TIM") and Vodafone in case M.9674, combining the parties' Italian telecommunications tower holdings as part of their 5G roll-out plan. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS The Commission decision provides insight on the approach that it may adopt in assessing: (a) mergers between tower companies; and, (b) network sharing co-operation between telecommunication operators in the roll-out of 5G in the EU. In relation to the merger, the Commission imposed behavioural remedies to solve vertical integration concerns, confirming that mergers between tower companies will

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Denis Fosselard, Duncan Liddell, Tom Punton, The EU Commission clears proposed acquisition of joint control in the telecommunications sector (INWIT/ TIM / Vodafone), 6 March 2020, e-Competitions TLC Networks and the 5G, Art. N° 99029

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