Following the approval of the merger by the European Commission, Vodafone has commenced integrating its networks and products with Unitymedia in the German cable market.
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 cable operator association FRK has submitted a formal complaint against Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Deutsche Telekom und NetCologne at federal antitrust authority Bundeskartellamt.
German media group Axel Springer and TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 have disbanded their merger ambitions and will instead launch a joint project supporting new digital startups.
Kicking off a new consolidation round in Germany’s cable market, Tele Columbus, the third largest German cable operator, has entered into an agreement to acquire Primacom, the fourth largest market player, for €711 million.
ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer are reputedly in talks to combine their businesses.
German media company Senator Entertainment and French rights dealer Wild Bunch have agreed to merge, creating a leading European movie production and sales company.