BT/EE [Archived]
BT/EE [Archived]

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  • BT/EE [Archived]
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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 15 January 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline UK merger investigation into the anticipated acquisition of EE Limited by BT Group plc. The transaction involves horizontal overlaps and non-horizontal issues in the telecommunications sector.

Latest developments On 15 January 2016, the CMA unconditionally cleared the transaction, confirming its provisional findings.

Parties BT Group plc (BT). BT is a British based company and is the largest supplier of fixed communications services in the UK. BT is also a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in the UK. BT also provides many fixed services to other communications providers, including mobile backhaul services to mobile communications providers (such as EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). These services connect their radio masts to their core network. BT also provides wholesale broadband services to communications providers (including EE). BT's Openreach division, which is subject to regulation by Ofcom, is BT's local access network (the 'first mile' access network) which connects customers to their local