European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said any mergers between telecoms companies would be assessed in terms of the impact on domestic markets rather than on a pan-European scale. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Europe’s antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia, whose approval is required for Telefonica’s two merger deals in Germany and Ireland, said today that (...)

If Three’s gargantuan bid to buy O2 Ireland was a boomtime property development, then Eircom would be the proud holder of the proverbial “rans(...)

Hutchison, a conglomerate based in Hong Kong, yesterday disclosed figures that show Three Ireland made a pretax loss last year of €29 million

Hutchison Whampoa and its Irish mobile subsidiary Three told the European Commission it could not gain enough sc(...)

Adding O2 would make Hutchison Whampoa Ireland’s second biggest mobile operator behind Vodafone

Hutchison’s Three Ireland is prepared to sell radio spectrum and continue a network sharing deal with a rival in order to win EU approval of it(...)

The European Commission has set out its objections to Three Ireland owner Hutchison Whampoa’s bid of up to €850 million to take over O2 Ireland

The European Commission has set out its objections to Three Ireland owner Hutchison Whampoa’s bid of up to €850 million to take over O2 Ireland. The c(...)

Three Ireland’s acquisition of 02 would quadruple Hutchison’s share of the Irish market to 37.5 per cent, behind market leader Vodafone’s 39.4 per cent but ahead of rival Meteor’s 19.7 per cent. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Hutchison Whampoa owned Three Ireland confirmed this morning that it has received a list of objections from the European Commission, setting out the c(...)

Eircom and O2 have a network sharing agreement dating back to 2011,  designed to achieve cost efficiencies for both groups by sharing infrastructure and avoiding unnecessary duplication of expensive kit. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eircom’s decision to challenge the acquisition of Irish mobile operator O2 by Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong parent of rival Three Ireland, is entir(...)

The Irish Competition Authority merger notifications review found a “notable increase” in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity last year, as well as a significant uplift in transactions undertaken by private equity players.

The Irish Competition Authority has blocked just three merger transactions over the last decade, according to research by law firm A&L Goodbody.Mo(...)

Eircom yesterday released quarterly results for the three months to the end of September which showed its revenue in the period fell 9 per cent to €323 million. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eircom could become a takeover target once again next year, after the company’s chief financial officer said he expects an over the counter (OTC) or “(...)

UPC Ireland is close to finalising an agreement to launch a new mobile phone service using the network of Three Ireland.

UPC Ireland is close to finalising an agreement to launch a new mobile phone service using the network of Three Ireland.Neither UPC nor Three would co(...)

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