CASE COMMENT : MERGER CONTROL - MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATOR (MVNO) - FULL- FUNCTION JOINT VENTURE - COMPOSITION OF CONSOLIDATION - CRITERION OF « THE RIGHT TO MANAGE THE UNDERTAKING’S AFFAIRS”

MVNO: The French Minister of Economy clears the acquisition of a mobile virtual network operator by a mobile network operator (SFR/Somart/Debitel)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Min. Eco, November 23, 2007, SFR / Somart / Debitel, aff. C2007-150, BOCCRF n° 1 bis of January 25, 2008 The minister was called upon to judge the takeover of the virtual mobile telephony operator Débitel by SFR and Somart and was faced with an unusual and delicate situation. It must be acknowledged, first of all, that the acquisition of a mobile virtual network operator (or MVNO) by a network operator does not, at first sight, go in the direction of history, at least not the history intended by the sector regulator. ARCEP is indeed actively involved in the competitive reshaping of the market through the promotion of MVNOs, which, if they do not have the

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Jean-Mathieu Cot, Maxime Schucht, MVNO: The French Minister of Economy clears the acquisition of a mobile virtual network operator by a mobile network operator (SFR/Somart/Debitel), 23 November 2007, Concurrences N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16959, pp. 134-136

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