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German cablecos unite with DT to opposed Vodafone’s purchase of Unitymedia

Deutsche Telekom has joined forces with cable industry associations and some smaller MSOs in Germany in a bid to overturn the European Commission’s decision, announced last week, to allow Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia as part of a larger deal. It had become almost inevitable the Commission would clear the way for Vodafone to gobble up Liberty Global’s Unitymedia business in Germany – along with UPC cable assets in Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic – after concessions were offered in May 2019. These otherwise minor concessions included granting Telefónica Deutschland full access to the Unitymedia cable network. Prior to this olive branch, the €18.4bn  deal looked unlikely to receive approval, although the European Union does tend to treat cases in…

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