Effect study of two telecom mergers in Austria and the Netherlands
In Austria, T-Mobile in 2006 acquired its rival Tele.ring, leaving four telecom providers in the Austrian market. In the Netherlands, T-Mobile and Orange merged in 2007, leaving three telecom providers, each with their own network: KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile. Next to these telecom providers, other providers are also active in the Netherlands such as Tele2, Lycamobile and Lebara. These providers use the networks of the first three providers.
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the European Commission and the Austrian telecom regulator RTR carried out a joint study into the effects of the mergers in both countries. The study looked into the tariffs in each country where these mergers had taken place, and compared them with countries where no telecom mergers had occurred.