TeliaSonera’s purchase of Tele2 Norge clears comptroller hurdle

5 Feb 2015

Less than a month after announcing that it was delaying a final decision regarding the proposed acquisition of Tele2 Norge by Sweden’s TeliaSonera, the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA) has now approved the deal, subject to conditions. In announcing the development, the NCA confirmed that its approval is conditional upon the full implementation of a commitments package submitted by TeliaSonera, which includes the conclusion of a roaming agreement with the market’s smallest network operator by subscribers, Ice.net, and the sale of Tele2 Norge’s mobile infrastructure and the mobile operator Network Norway to Ice.

With the competition watchdog saying that in its discussions with TeliaSonera it had made clear its belief that ‘a third network operator with a certain customer base is vital to ensure continued competition on price and quality’, it said that the commitments offered by the Swedish company ‘provide a real opportunity for a third mobile network operator to enter the market and to compete for Norwegian mobile customers’.

In terms of the specifics of the commitments that TeliaSonera submitted, the NCA noted these included the following components: that TeliaSonera will sell infrastructure to Ice; that TeliaSonera will conclude a roaming and service provider agreement with Ice; that TeliaSonera will sell Network Norway’s corporate customer base, distribution network and frequencies to Ice; that TeliaSonera commits to offering mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) access to Norwegian mobile operators; and that TeliaSonera offers to sell three Tele2 stores to Ice.

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