Mobile telecommunications mergers in the EU – Remedies revisited

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The present article looks at key recent decisions on mobile mergers and examines the development of the Commission’s assessment of the respective remedies offered to overcome the competitive harm identified during the investigation. It describes the marked shift in the approach to remedies which occurred since 2015 and analyses the considerations put forward by the Commission in the assessment of remedies for mobile mergers. The article sets out the circumstances in which access remedies can be successful and draws a comparison to ex-ante telecom regulation. The article concludes with an outlook for future Commission decisions on mobile mergers and highlights obstacles which the parties must consider when planning a mobile merger in Europe.