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Belgian regulator imposes temporary block on RAN sharing deal

While RAN sharing is gaining favor with more operators in Europe, including Vodafone in several markets, in Belgium an arrangement between two MNOs, Proximus and Orange, has been suspended as a result of opposition from a third operator, Telenet. The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) called for the suspension but will allow the partners to continue with preparatory work while it carries out a more detailed investigation, along with telecoms regulator BIPT. The BCA said in a statement that a complete suspension would be disproportionate before a full probe has been conducted, but said it does see potential anti-competitive implications which need to be assessed further. Last year, Telenet objected to its two rivals’ alliance, which involves a 50:50 joint venture…

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