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BT has outlined its case for approval of its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE.

The telecoms giant has submitted its official response to the Competition and Markets Authority‘s (CMA's) review of the deal.

The regulator needs to give the takeover the 'green light', and it is expected the CMA will do so given that BT's main focus is fixed-line services and EE specialises in 4G mobile.

However, a number of BT's rivals have expressed concerns over the deal, on the basis that an enlarged BT may look to undercut their broadband bundle pricing.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT, claimed the acquisition of EE "will be good for consumers, businesses and UK plc, as well as for BT shareholders".

"A larger BT will be able to invest and innovate even more than now; something that’s good for jobs and good for customers," he stated.

"The acquisition will lead to greater competition, given our history as a natural and willing wholesaler, enabling other companies to use the networks we own."

Mr Patterson said BT provides wholesale access to companies in the broadband market and is "happy to support others who wish to compete in the mobile market as well".

He said the UK is "one of the most tightly regulated marketplaces in the world" and that will continue to be the case, ensuring all companies can compete on a fair basis.

The CMA is expected to rule on the validity of the takeover later in 2015.

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