Vodafone Portugal has contested the regulatory approval given to a proposed tie-up between two of its rivals in the high speed internet market. The competition authority AdC has given the unconditional go-ahead to Sonaecom’s EUR16 million acquisition of Tele2 Portugal, but Vodafone says that conditions should have been placed on the deal as the merger could result in ‘significant obstacles to competition in the broadband market, with damages to consumers’. Vodafone wants Sonaecom to commit to freeing up space in Portugal Telecom’s exchange buildings which could be used for co-locating equipment of other broadband providers. Cellular operator Vodafone launched its first wireline internet services earlier this year.
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