Fastweb moves to overturn Wind-3 merger decision

2 Feb 2017

Italian ISP Fastweb has approached the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) calling for the annulment of the merger between domestic cellcos Wind and 3 Italia. EU competition authorities cleared the merger last September and the two firms began trading under the combined ‘Wind-Tre’ brand at the start of this year. According to a report from Corcom, however, Fastweb has now submitted a 50-page document to the ECJ calling for the earlier approval to be overturned and the merger to be halted.

It claims that a deal for Wind and 3 to sell frequencies and network assets to French firm Iliad – allowing it to set up as Italy’s new fourth mobile operator – was not in the best interests of competition. Fastweb itself had been in the running to buy the assets but was overlooked in favour of Iliad. The Italian firm now says that it would be better placed to bring further competition to Italy’s mobile market since it has a substantial fixed line business and already operates as an MVNO, whereas Iliad must build its business from scratch.

Italy, 3 Italia (H3G Italia), Fastweb, WINDTRE (incl. Wind and 3 Italia)