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WSJ: EU set to approve Telefonica/E-Plus deal

  • The EU's antitrust division is "understood to be comfortable" with the concessions offered by Telefonica (TEF +0.3%) to secure approval of its $12B bid to acquire rival German mobile carrier E-Plus from KPN (KKPNY), the WSJ reports.
  • The concessions include allocating 30% of Telefonica/E-Plus' German spectrum for use by MVNOs, who have been especially nervous about a deal that lowers the number of carriers in Europe's biggest market to 3.
  • The EU recently signed off (following concessions) on the sale of Telefonica's O2 Ireland unit to rival Hutchison Whampoa. Approving the E-Plus deal could pave the way for consolidation in France and other EU markets.
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