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UOKiK concentration approval: Cyfrowy Polsat may proceed with Netia takeover

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UOKiK concentration approval: Cyfrowy Polsat may proceed with Netia takeover
  • The President of UOKiK has approved Cyfrowy Polsat’s take-over of control over Netia.
  • The proceedings conducted by the UOKiK as well as the market testing procedure demonstrated that the concentration scheme in question would not have the effect of restricting competition.

The request for approval to takeover of Netia was submitted by Cyfrowy Polsat to UOKiK on December 21, 2017. The scope of business of both undertakings overlaps in areas such as pay television, mobile Internet and mobile telephony services.

In January 2017, the UOKiK ordered that the second phase of the concentration assessment procedure be conducted. It was necessary to perform market testing in order to assess, among others, the market shares of both Cyfrowy Polsat and Netia. The UOKiK provided the competitors of the undertakings participating in the concentration scheme with surveys on the matter while also getting in touch with the Office of Electronic Communications.

“The analysis has shown that the transaction would not have the effect of restricting competition. The market shares of Cyfrowy Polsat on the markets associated with Internet and telephone services will only experience a slight increase and the undertaking will still have to compete against other entities. Similar conclusions were also reached with regard to the pay television market. The transaction will not result in a significant restriction of competition on the individual local markets” says Marek Niechciał, President of UOKiK.

According to the provisions of applicable laws, a concentration scheme is subject to notification to the antitrust authority if it involves undertakings whose aggregate turnover generated in the preceding year exceeded EUR 1 billion worldwide or EUR 50 million in Poland.

The decisions approving the concentration expire if the transaction is not completed within 2 years of the adoption thereof. The UOKiK website publishes information on all concentration-related anti-monopoly proceedings conducted by the Office. More information about the principles governing mergers can be found in a dedicated paper.

Additional information for the media:

Press Office of the UOKiK 
Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1, 00-950 Warszawa
Tel. 22 55 60 430, 695 902 088
Email: [SCODE]Yml1cm9wcmFzb3dlQHVva2lrLmdvdi5wbA==[ECODE]
Twitter: @UOKiKgovPL

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