Joaquin Almunia, the EU’s antitrust chief, says his analysis of mobile-phone deals is more focussed on the competitive situation in a market rather than the number of companies post-merger.
Almunia is currently mulling separate telecommunications deals in both Ireland and Austria. A ruling is expected on Three Ireland’s proposed €780 million takeover of Telefonica’s O2 operation in this country by early April.
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