Liberty Global has completed the sale of its operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic to Vodafone.
Deutsche Telekom and several industry associations are considering taking legal action against the European Commission’s decision to approve Vodafone’s acquisition of German cable operator Unitymedia.
The measures proposed by Vodafone to the EU Commission to obtain approval for the acquisition of Unitymedia miss the point, according to German commercial broadcaster association VAUNET.
The German housing industry warns that the planned acquisition of Unitymedia by Vodafone will significantly reduce competition and increase consumer costs for TV, internet and telephony.
Vodafone can breathe a sigh of relief: The EU Commission’s concerns about the takeover of large parts of Liberty Global’s cable business in Europe are apparently smaller than expected.
German industry associations BREKO, BUGLAS, VAUNET and DNMG are concerned about the consequences of Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia.
German cable operator association FRK calls for tough conditions from the competition and regulatory authorities to be imposed on Vodafone in the antitrust review of the planned acquisition of Unitymedia.
The majority of consumers in Germany wants to be able to sign up for digital content across national boundaries.
The EU Commission is working on proposals to reform copyright regulation to better suit the digital age. This might include rules on content portability.