14 Jul 2016
Vodafone Group and Liberty Global have offered concessions to the European Commission (EC) to help gain approval for the merger of their respective businesses in the Netherlands. The parents are looking to combine Vodafone Netherlands with Liberty’s local cable TV and broadband unit Ziggo to create a full service fixed and mobile provider, but there have been some concerns raised over the effects on competition that the tie-up will have. Reuters reports that the parents are now offering unspecified concessions, which could include offloading physical assets or wireless spectrum to boost the opportunities for other players.
The EC’s competition authority is due to make a decision on the merger by 3 August, and is now expected to call for feedback from interested parties before making a final ruling or asking for further concessions. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vodafone is the second largest of the Netherlands’ four mobile network operators, while Ziggo leads the market for broadband internet subscribers.