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CMA provisionally clears Broadcom/VMware deal

A UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) panel has provisionally found software solutions specialist  Broadcom’s $61 billion (€57bn) acquisition of enterprise software provider VMware would not weaken competition in the supply of critical computer server products. The announcement follows a similar ruling on July 13th from the European Commission. Following its initial Phase 1 investigation, […]

July 19, 2023By Colin Mann

Conditional EC clearance for Broadcom VMware deal

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed $61 billion (€57bn) acquisition of enterprise software provider VMware by software solutions specialist  Broadcom. The approval is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments offered by Broadcom. The decision follows an in-depth investigation of the proposed acquisition. The Commission’s investigation The Commission’s preliminary market […]

July 13, 2023By Colin Mann

EC warns on Orange, MásMóvil merger

The European Commission is concerned that the merger between Orange and MásMóvil will reduce competition and increase prices. This is the preliminary conclusion of the probe carried out by the EC on the impact on the Spanish telco market. Now the companies may make submissions on how they will mitigate the impact, before the EC […]

June 27, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Irish media regulator sets out work programme

Coimisiún na Meán, Ireland’s newly-established media regulator and media development agency, has set out its work programme for the coming nine months. Highlights include: For the first time, online service providers will have legally binding obligations to take steps that make the Internet safer for everyone. Regulation will be extended to cover on-demand services, as […]

June 20, 2023By Colin Mann

EC charges Google over adtech abuse

The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in the advertising technology (adtech) industry. The Commission takes issue with Google favouring its own online display advertising technology services to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology services, advertisers and online publishers. The […]

June 14, 2023By Colin Mann

EC approves €8.1bn microelectronics support

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research, innovation and the first industrial deployment of microelectronics and communication technologies across the value chain. The project, IPCEI ME/CT, was jointly prepared and notified by fourteen Member States: Austria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, […]

June 9, 2023By Colin Mann

Viasat/Inmarsat merger approved

Viasat of California and London-based Inmarsat can now wrap up their much-awaited merger plan. The final regulatory approval, from the European Commission, was granted on May 25th. The two companies expect their merger to conclude “in days” and by the end of May. The European Commission (EC) was concerned that the merger scheme would limit […]

May 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

AOMedia welcomes EC’s licensing decision

The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) has welcomed the news that the European Commission has closed its preliminary review of AOMedia’s royalty-free licensing policy without further action. AOMedia is a developer of open, royalty-free media technologies and develops standards spanning video, audio, still images, and immersive technologies. AOMedia and its members are fully committed to […]

May 24, 2023By Colin Mann

Euro telcos call for Big Tech fair contribution

The GSMA and ETNO, industry associations representing fixed and mobile network operators, have called for European policymakers to take bold action to secure EU connectivity leadership over the next decade. In a joint response to the European Commission consultation on ‘The future of the electronic communications sector and its infrastructure’ the associations state that Europe […]

May 19, 2023By Colin Mann

EC proposes common spectrum negotiations stance

The European Commission has adopted its proposal for a Council Decision establishing the EU’s position on issues related to spectrum use to be discussed at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). A common EU Member States’ position ensures that EU citizens and businesses have smooth access to services such as […]

May 5, 2023By Colin Mann