Vodafone ‘disappointed’ by BT/EE merger approval

Vodafone ‘disappointed’ by BT/EE merger approval

Vodafone has expressed disappointment that BT’s takeover of EE has been approved by the CMA.

A spokesperson for the network said: ‘Overall, we are disappointed to read these initial findings by the CMA.  Although we agree with the CMA’s finding that the UK wholesale mobile market is and will remain very competitive, we strongly believe the combination of the UK’s dominant supplier of digital fixed infrastructure, upon which all other providers rely, with the largest mobile operator would have a negative impact on the market and the services available to millions of UK consumers and businesses. 

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‘We believe it is imperative that the wider market concerns relating to BT Openreach, as recognised by the CMA, need to be thoroughly scrutinised by Ofcom in its Digital Communications review.  We will review the findings and revert to the CMA with our detailed comments in the near future.’

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The process of the BT/EE deal saw Vodafone forced to deny it was exiting the MVNO market. In its submissions to the CMA regarding the merger, TalkTalk claimed that Vodafone had served notice to terminate the MVNO agreement it has in place with Sainsburys. The network has since ended its joint venture MVNO with the supermarket.

Vodafone strongly refuted these claims, stating that it has no plans to exit the market and will continue to provide MVNO services to its partners.

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