EC clears Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal

The European Commission gave the green-light to Nokia’s proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, stating that the deal “would not raise competition concerns”. This is because “the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors …

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EC opens Qualcomm antitrust probe

The European Commission opened two formal antitrust investigations into possible “abusive behaviour” by US chipmaker Qualcomm. The first case concerns EU rules which prohibit the abuse of a dominant position by offering financial incentives to customers on condition that they …

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EC makes no exception for spam, porn in net neutrality rules

The European Union mistakenly said an exception to net neutrality rules – covering spam filtering and blocking porn – was part of its new compromise deal. The European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU earlier today announced an agreement …

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EC regulator set to warn on Danish consolidation

The European Commission (EC) will this week press Telenor and TeliaSonera for more concessions if they want their proposed merger in Denmark to go ahead, according to Reuters. The two operators announced plans to merge back in December, with the …

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EC chief questions telecoms industry over competition stance

Contrary to the argument made by operators, infrastructure investment in the mobile industry can be stimulated by competition, Margrethe Vestager said. The EU competition chief also questioned the corollary – that if operators do not combine with national rivals they …

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EC calls in member states to end impasse over roaming, net neutrality

EU digital chief Guenther Oettinger has invited telecoms ministers to a meeting next week (12 June), as the parties try to end a stalemate over proposed telecoms regulation. Oettinger (pictured) will use an “informal breakfast” to chew over a possible …

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EC chief unveils telecoms reform, warns Europe just at “starting line”

Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice-president for the digital single market, boasted about an ambitious overhaul of telecoms rules, including more effective spectrum allocation, incentives for investment in high-speed broadband and ensuring a level playing field for all market players. However, …

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EC opens Android probe

The European Commission opened formal proceedings against Google, to “investigate in depth if the company’s conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules”. The …

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EU chief anxious about brain drain risk

Andrus Ansip, EC’s vice-president for the digital single market, warned Europe faces a talent migration, as he battles to make his case for regulatory change within the hierarchy of the European Union. Ansip is arguing for greater consistency of rules …

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