German broadband group urges EU to block Vodafone-Liberty deal, Telecom News, ET Telecom

After Merger With Vodafone Group, Idea Cellular Becomes ‘Vodafone Idea Limited’

FRANKFURT, – A enterprise group representing German broadband suppliers referred to as on European Union regulators to block the takeover by Vodafone of Liberty Global’s German operations, saying it could damage competitors.

Britain’s Vodafone agreed in May to pay $21.eight billion for Liberty Global’s property in Europe, with the principle prize being Germany’s Unitymedia. The European Commission is reviewing the deal and is anticipated to rule on it by Nov. 27.

The BREKO enterprise group mentioned the deal would create a duopoly between Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, delay the work on constructing a nationwide fibre-optic community and blunt competitors within the cable TV market.

“The EU Commission must block the planned takeover, because mergers that hinder effective competition aren’t compatible with the law,” BREKO chief Stephan Albers mentioned in an announcement. The group counts 320 corporations, lots of them metropolis or regional gamers, with joint turnover of seven.9 billion euros ($9.1 billion).

Telefonica Deutschland, the No.three Telecoms supplier by income, has additionally referred to as for the deal to be blocked, saying it could lead to the “quasi-monopolisation” of the German cable TV market. ($1 = 0.8721 euros) (Reporting by Douglas Busvine, modifying by Louise Heavens)

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