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T-Orange JV notification lodged with EU

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Some four months after the joint venture was announced (8 September), and more than two months after all the companies’ own paperwork was complete (5 November), Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have finally got around to notifying the EU authorities of the proposed JV of their UK interests (note: the EU page has almost no case documentation).

The EU has a provisional deadline of 15 February to make a ruling. Given that the two companies are hoping that the JV will be approved ‘in the first half of 2010‘ (a statement made also in the initial presentation of the proposal), this lengthy delay in filing this notification will require some explanation.

Interestingly, The Times has reported that the UK’s Office of Fair Trading is to review the submission made to the EU authorities ‘over the coming days’ (the OFT website is currently silent on the issue) ahead of a consideration as to whether the OFT should request that the proposed JV be referred to itself. This would appear to be an unusual move – a sign of the intense interest in the JV’s implications for UK competition policy (as well as for the lifelong emphasis by the UK communications regulatory authorities on establishing competition in the mobile sector).


Written by Calvin

13/01/2010 at 10:55 am

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