CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – FIXED BROADBAND – IMPORTANT COMPETITIVE FORCE – COMMITMENTS – DIVESTITURE OF A FIBRE OPTIC NETWORK

Phase II decision: The European Commission conditionally clears an acquisition reducing the number of suppliers from four to three on the market for fixed broadband in Spain (Orange, Jazztel)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 19 May 2015, after an in-depth investigation, the Commission approved the acquisition of the Spanish company Jazztel by the French group Orange. Both parties were active in the provision of fixed internet access services in Spain. The transaction reduced the number of major Internet service providers active in Spain from four to three. In order to obtain the Commission's approval, Orange committed, inter alia, to divest part of Jazztel's fibre optic network. The operation is part of the consolidation movement in the telecommunications sector in Spain and the rest of Europe. In 2014, the Commission has approved several mergers in this sector. In

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Ianis Girgenson, Phase II decision: The European Commission conditionally clears an acquisition reducing the number of suppliers from four to three on the market for fixed broadband in Spain (Orange, Jazztel), 19 May 2015, Concurrences N° 1-2016, Art. N° 77683, pp. 133-136

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