The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Capita plc (parent company of PageOne Communications Ltd) of the UK one-way wide-area paging services business of Vodafone Ltd.
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|30 May 2017||Decision published|
|10 May 2017||Decision announced|
|10 to 24 March 2017||Invitation to comment|
|10 March 2017||Launch of merger inquiry|
Merger reference cancelled
30 May 2017: On 10 May 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that Capita’s anticipated acquisition of Vodafone’s one-way wide-area-paging business would be referred for an in-depth investigation unless suitable undertakings were offered to remedy the competition concerns identified.
Capita and Vodafone have since confirmed that they have abandoned the transaction and, on this basis, the CMA has decided not to make a reference in this case.
Reference unless undertakings accepted
10 May 2017: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.
Invitation to comment: Now closed
10 March 2017: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.
Launch of merger inquiry
10 March 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
- Commencement of initial period notice (10.3.17)
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Published: 10 March 2017
Updated: 30 May 2017
Opened: 10 March 2017
Closed: 30 May 2017
- Merger reference cancelled and full text decision published.
- Decision announced: reference unless undertakings accepted.
- First published.