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The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of 2012 Cases

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2013

13 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013  

Antonio Bavasso

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Dominic Long

Allen & Overy LLP

Date Written: March 1, 2013

Abstract

There have been a number of high profile cases in the communications and media sectors throughout 2012, many of which have seen the boundaries of competition law and sectoral regulation tested in the context of fundamental changes in the underlying technology used to deliver services to customers.

The acquisition by H3G Austria of Orange Austria has been seen as an important test of the Commission's approach to mergers in the telecommunications sector as operators transition to next generation networks.

At the Member State level, the outcome of Sky's appeal of Ofcom's consultation on the UK pay-TV sector has tested the boundaries of national licensing provisions and the application of the principles behind Article 102 TFEU.

Most favoured nation' agreements appear to be moving rapidly up the European Commission's behavioural enforcement priority list.

Keywords: Communications and media, competition law, MFN, merger control

Suggested Citation

Bavasso, Antonio and Long, Dominic, The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of 2012 Cases (March 1, 2013). Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263153

Antonio Bavasso (Contact Author)

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Dominic Long

Allen & Overy LLP ( email )

United States

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