India: Telecom department seeking legal opinion on Vodafone-Idea merger

India: Telecom department seeking legal opinion on Vodafone-Idea merger

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is seeking legal opinions on the Vodafone-Idea Cellular merger in respect to Vodafone’s administratively allocated spectrum holdings, according to CNBC. Industry sources said the issue now is that, with Vodafone being acquired by Idea, whether DoT should raise the demand on Idea Cellular of the differential amount. The DoT is […]

Italy: Possible collusion ordered to stop

Italy: Possible collusion ordered to stop

Italy’s antitrust authority has ordered Telecom Italia, Wind Tre, Vodafone Italia and Fastweb to halt any possible collusion over billing practices, pending the conclusion of its investigation. The authority is in the middle of an ongoing probe into the operators’ actions following the banning of 28-day bills and has already carried out inspections into whether […]

India: Telecoms Regulator, CCI fights for its rights of jurisdiction in Supreme Court

India: Telecoms Regulator, CCI fights for its rights of jurisdiction in Supreme Court

India’s telecom regulator and its antitrust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) are locked in a showdown in the Supreme Court, with both laying claim to jurisdictional rights on anticompetitive issues related to telecoms. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) filed an application of intervention before the apex court last week, saying it has […]

Hong Kong: Hutchison selling off fixed-line unit

Hong Kong: Hutchison selling off fixed-line unit

On Wednesday Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Ltd said that it is in negotiations for the sale of its fixed-line telecom holdings. Hutchison said that there have been no legally binding agreements yet and that various parties are still involved in the negotiations. Trading of the company’s shares were stopped late morning on July 26, […]

US: Officials in Time-Warner merger discussions with AT&T

US: Officials in Time-Warner merger discussions with AT&T

Sources familiar with the situation have reported that US antitrust officials have started talking with both Time Warner and AT&T to discuss possible merger conditions. These talks indicate that the months-long review of how the merger would change the media industry has nearly come to an end. Though US regulators often block horizontal mergers, vertical […]

India: Regulator approves Vodafone’s US$23b merger

India: Regulator approves Vodafone’s US$23b merger

The Competition Commission of India has given its approval for the merger of Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit with Idea Cellular for US$23 billion. The merger to create India’s largest telecom company was agreed to in March of this year, but the companies have has been waiting for regulators’ approval. The merger was triggered by […]

Australia: Sims warns telecoms of upcoming courts cases

Australia: Sims warns telecoms of upcoming courts cases

In an interview with ABC News, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims spoke of current and forthcoming actions that the commission is taking against internet service providers (ISPs). Sims spoke of how the ACCC is concerned with misleading advertising related to internet speeds and a three part strategy to combat such advertising […]

Mexico: Slim’s America Movil to separate Telmex units in 2017

Mexico: Slim’s America Movil to separate Telmex units in 2017

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil expects regulatory approval to separate part of its Telmex unit by the end of 2017 or early next year, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj said on Wednesday. Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute ruled in March that America Movil, controlled by the Slim family, must separate part of its network infrastructure into […]

Italy: Regulator welcomes 4th telecom to the country

Italy: Regulator welcomes 4th telecom to the country

The Italian Competition and Markets Authority announced in a press release on July 17, that French telecomms service provider, Iliad, is clear to begin operations in Italy through a local subsidiary that bought assets divested by Wind TreS.p.A. The new competitor will be the fourth provider in the market and will fill the void left […]

Spain: Nokia Networks fined in antitrust case

Spain:  Nokia Networks fined in antitrust case

Spanish communications and competition regulator, CNMC, has fined Nokia Solutions and Networks Spain a total of EUR 1.74 million (US$1.94m) following anticompetitive behavior in the tender to modernize and maintain the country’s railway communication system on high-speed train lines. Specifically, the CNMC accused Nokia of abusing of its dominant position and engaging in a margin […]

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