Altice/PT Portugal (Arts. 4(1) and 7(1)) (M.7993) [Archived]
Altice/PT Portugal (Arts. 4(1) and 7(1)) (M.7993) [Archived]

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NOTE—appeal lodged before the General Court in Case T- 425/18

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 24 April 2018; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission merger investigation under Articles 4(1) and 7(1) EUMR into failure to notify and gun-jumping by Altice in relation to its 2015 acquisition of PT Portugal.

Latest developmentsOn 24 April 2018, the Commission issued its infringement decision and imposed a fine of €124.5m on Altice. The Commission found that Altice implemented its acquisition of PT Portugal before notification to or approval by the Commission under the EU Merger Regulation (in breach of Articles 4(1) and 7(1) of the EU Merger Regulation).

PartiesAltice is a Dutch-based multi-national telecommunications company. Prior to the acquisition of PT Portugal, Altice operated in Portugal through two subsidiaries, Cabovisão and ONI. Cabovisão provided pay TV, fixed internet access and fixed telephony services essentially to residential customers. ONI provided services to business customers, including fixed telecommunication services, in particular voice, data and internet access services as well as IT services.

PT Portugal, a Portuguese-based telecommunications company, is a telecommunications and multimedia operator with activities extending across all telecommunications segments in Portugal, offering fixed, mobile voice and data services; broadband internet access services and pay TV services to

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