Telenor and TeliaSonera comments on European Commission Statement of Objections
The European Commission has today taken the next step in the investigation into the proposed merger of TeliaSonera and Telenor’s operations in Denmark by addressing a ”statement of objections” to the two companies. A statement of objections is an ordinary event in the context of a merger of this type.
Contrary to the concerns raised in the statement of objections we firmly believe the merger will ultimately be beneficial for competition and Danish consumers. We will continue in a constructive dialogue with the Commission to make sure all concerns are properly addressed.
We remain committed to the Danish market but have also realized that a fundamental change is needed. Competition in the Danish mobile market is fierce and will remain so in the future. Combining Telia and Telenor in Denmark is about creating a company with the scale and the capacity to better invest and compete on price, quality and innovation.
Delivering on this requires investments and if we look back on recent years this has been a challenge. The status quo would lead to a continued drop in investment. We want to create a healthy and profitable company that has the necessary resources to invest in Denmark. It’s first and foremost about providing the best possible experience for our customers, and the businesses that rely on us every day.
Investments in networks and technology demonstrate clear benefits for consumers and businesses, supporting an ever more connected society which demands better speed, quality and security in a competitive market. All of which we firmly believe are strengthened with our new organization in Denmark.
We remain confident that the merger will be approved during the second half of 2015.
Statements made in the press release relating to future status or circumstances, including future performance and other trend projections are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many factors, many of which are outside the control of TeliaSonera.
TeliaSonera provides network access and telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain. TeliaSonera helps people and companies communicate in an easy, efficient and environmentally friendly way. Our ambition is to be number one or two in all our markets, providing the best customer experience, high quality networks and cost efficient operations. TeliaSonera is also the leading European wholesale provider who owns and operates one of the world's most extensive fiber backbones. In 2014, net sales amounted to SEK 101.1 billion, EBITDA to SEK 35.2 billion and earnings per share to SEK 3.35. The TeliaSonera share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and Nasdaq Helsinki. Read more at www.teliasonera.com.