Vodafone/Certain Liberty Global Assets (M.8864) [Archived]

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Vodafone/Certain Liberty Global Assets (M.8864) [Archived]


NOTE—appeal lodged before the General Court in Cases T- 837/19, T- 64/20, T- 58/20 and T- 69/20

ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision on 18 July 2019; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition by Vodafone of the Liberty Global business in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania (Case M.8864). The transaction involves concerns in markets for telecommunications services, in particular in the Czech Republic and Germany.

Latest developmentsOn 18 July 2019, the Commission conditionally approved the transaction, subject to commitments.

The Commission accepted a package of remedies from Vodafone, to address the Commission’s competition concerns.

PartiesVodafone is a UK-based telecommunications operator. Vodafone is primarily involved in the operation of mobile telecommunication networks and in the provision of mobile telecommunication services, such as mobile voice, messaging and data services. Some of its operating companies also provide cable television, fixed line telephony, broadband internet access and/or IPTV services. Within the EU, Vodafone is active in twelve Member States, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania.

Liberty Global is a UK-based cable operator, offering cable services (including pay-TV and telecommunications services) in 12 EEA countries. Liberty Global owns and operates cable networks offering TV,

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