M/10/009 – UPC / Broadworks

Transaction details

UPC Communications Ireland Limited (“UPC Ireland”) will acquire sole control of certain business assets of Broadworks Communications Limited (“Broadworks”) in voluntary liquidation.
The Competition Authority has formed the view that the proposed acquisition does not raise any competition concerns in the State. As with all media mergers which could otherwise be put into effect, the parties could only proceed with this merger if the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Innovation did not direct the Competition Authority to carry out a full investigation within 10 days after the date of the Authority’s decision. The Minister did not make such a request.

Notification date Decision date
Tuesday April 6, 2010 Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Parties Involved Business activities
UPC Communications Ireland Limited

provides telecommunications services in particular retail analogue and digital pay TV, HD (High Definition) TV services provided over cable and multipoint microwave distribution system (MMDS) networks along with broadband, VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and other telephony services.

Broadworks Communications Limited

provides retail analogue cable multi channel pay-TV services and broadband services.

Economic sector Media merger
Retail multi-channel pay TV market. Broadband market. Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Friday, April 16, 2010
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Mr. Andrew Rae

Tel: 01-804 5420, email: ar@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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