Competition authority to study Optima-H1 merger

16 Nov 2016

Croatia’s Agency for the Protection of Competition (Agencija za zastitu trzisnog natjecanja, AZTN) has opened an investigation into the proposed merger of Optima Telekom and rival ISP H1 Telekom, which was first announced in July this year. AZTN says the deal could have a ‘significant effect on competition in the relevant market that involves the provision of electronic communication services in fixed line networks in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, both at the wholesale and the retail level’. The two firms have previously said that they hope to complete their tie-up in January 2017. Optima is currently under management control of incumbent operator T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) after running into financial difficulties in 2013.

Croatia, H1 Telekom, Optima Telekom (incl. H1 Telekom)