Autumn 2015, Volume 11, Number 1
Antitrust Chronicle – Telecom Mergers
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 In the EU, the merger planned by Telenor and TeliaSonera was withdrawn and there are conversations regarding the optimal number of players in the telecom sector.