There has been considerable activity in the telecom merger space in recently. In the U.S., AT&T was barred from purchasing T Mobile, Comcast was warned not to acquire Time Warner Cable while other comparably sized mergers have been given the green light, albeit some with conditions, including Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal and AT&T’s acquisition of Direct TV. Each case had unique features. In the EU, the merger planned by Telenor and TeliaSonera was withdrawn and there are conversations regarding the optimal number of players in the telecom sector.
In this CPI issue, our contributing authors discuss several considerations relevant in the context of merger control in the telecom space. In doing so, the authors ask several relevant questions such as – What can be the implications of the recent varying telecom merger outcomes before U.S. antitrust authorities? What should be the relevant considerations while assessing telecom mergers?
In a special additional piece by Daniel Sokol, he discusses the impact of zero price offerings on economic analysis.
As always, thank you to our great panel of authors.