Friday, 20 October 2017

In the balance: telcos do deals to grease regulatory wheels

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 03 October 14

As Neelie Kroes prepares to step aside, telecoms operators pull out all the stops to keep the competition police happy.

The world's telecoms operators are spending a significant amount of time, effort and even money to stay on the right side of the various regulatory bodies they are required to answer to. This is particularly true when it comes to consolidation; it can't have escaped anyone's notice that industry watchdogs – in Europe and further afield - have made acquisitive operators jump through numerous hoops in recent years in the name of preserving competition, before allowing them to go ahead with takeover deals designed to generate synergies and create stronger companies…

The world's telecoms operators are spending a significant amount of time, effort and even money to stay on the right side of the various regulatory bodies they are required to answer to. This is particularly true when it comes to consolidation; it can't have escaped anyone's notice that industry watchdogs – in Europe and further afield - have made acquisitive operators jump through numerous hoops in recent years in the name of preserving competition, before allowing them to go ahead with takeover deals designed to generate synergies and create stronger companies…

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