Light Reading's Tereza Krasova explains what the $20 billion Orange/Másmóvil merger could mean for other service provider mergers in the EU.

At a Glance

  • Competition concerns regarding the merger (02:34)
  • EC's proposed anti-competition remedies (03:57)
  • Potential impact of the merger on future mergers in the EU between service providers (06:49)

Light Reading's Tereza Krasova provides an update on the recently approved merger between Orange and Másmóvil in Spain. The deal is valued at €18.6 billion (US$20.1 billion).

During the podcast, we discuss competition concerns over the merger and the remedies proposed by the European Commission (EC) to address them. One of the solutions means Spain will remain a four-operator market because Digi will buy Másmóvil's spectrum to build its own network.

"The merged Orange/Másmóvil entity will become the largest operator in Spain in terms of customer numbers, with Orange saying they will jointly serve over 30 million mobile customers and more than 7.3 million fixed clients," according to Tereza

She also explains what this could mean for future mergers of service providers in other European countries.  

For lightly edited transcript, please click the caption button in the video toolbar. 

Here are a few topics we cover:

  • EC approval of the merger of Orange and Másmóvil in Spain (00:49)

  • Competition concerns regarding the merger (02:34)

  • EC's proposed anti-competition remedies (03:57)

  • Potential impact of the merger on future mergers in the EU between service providers (06:49)

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Tereza Krásová

Associate Editor, Light Reading

Associate Editor, Light Reading

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