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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EU to decide on Nokia, AlcaLu deal by 27 July – report

EU antitrust regulators are set to rule on Nokia’s proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by the end of July, according to Reuters. Nokia reportedly sought EU approval late last week, and the European Commission is to decide on the deal by …

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EC’s Ansip urges Europe to up app efforts

Two weeks before the European Commission (EC) presents its long-term strategy for building a digital single market, EC vice president for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip, warned Europe needs to up its app production game, which is growing but “at …

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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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EC decides not to refer Orange-Jazztel probe to Spanish authority

The European Commission has rejected a request made in November by the Spanish competition authority asking for the assessment of the proposed €3.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel by Orange to be referred to it. The EC said in a statement …

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EC expands scrutiny of Orange’s Jazztel bid

The European Commission (EC) has decided to expand on its assessment of the proposed acquisition bid by Orange for Jazztel. The EC announced the in-depth investigation is to determine whether the proposed acquisition is in line with EU merger regulation.

European Parliament slips Google unbundling into single digital market agenda

European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”

Europe urges telecoms single market €260 billion opportunity

European Commission (EC) VP Andrus Ansip has said creating a digital single market across the 28 EU member states will benefit Europe by €260 billion a year, “potentially more”, as he put it. He claimed it is vital, and crucially depends on forming a telecoms single market first as a basis.

Europe urges telecoms single market €260 billion opportunity

European Commission (EC) VP Andrus Ansip has said creating a digital single market across the 28 EU member states will benefit Europe by €260 billion a year, “potentially more”, as he put it. He claimed it is vital, and crucially depends on forming a telecoms single market first as a basis.