EU Drops Mobile Antitrust Probe Of Vodafone, Others

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 2:12 PM EST) -- The European Union’s antitrust regulator said Thursday it was closing a preliminary investigation into five of Europe’s largest telecommunications companies, including Telefonica SA and Vodafone Group PLC, over their development of new mobile technology standards that could have excluded other players.

The European Commission had previously requested information from the so-called E5 — Telecom Italia, France Telecom SA, Deutsche Telekom AG, Telefonica and Vodafone — as well as from mobile industry trade group the GSM Association regarding the companies' efforts to standardize technology used in the...
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