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BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE has been given a green light

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have approved EE's acquisition by British telecommunications company BT and will be due for completion by 29th January 2016.

The £12.5 billion takeover was given the green light by the CMA following a 10-month inquest into how this take-over will affect the competitve mobile landscape, the investigation was looking into whether the new deal would give consumers an unfair deal.

BT EE acquisition deal goes ahead

Following the acquisition BT will be better placed to offer customers a full suite of digital services across broadband, TV and mobile phone.

CMA inquiry chair John Wotton has commented on the inquest saying, "Since our provisional findings, we have taken extra time to consider responses in detail but the evidence does not show that this merger is likely to cause significant harm to competition or the interests of consumers."

"The retail mobile services market in the UK is competitive, with 4 main mobile providers and a substantial number of smaller operators. As BT is a smaller operator in mobile, it is unlikely that the merger will have a significant effect. Similarly, EE is only a minor player in retail broadband, so again it is unlikely that the merger will have a significant effect in this market."

Mergers and acquisitions

BT and EE aren't the only acquisitions set to take place with mobile networks Three and O2 lined up to merge in order to compete with the new BT / EE takeover.

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has said, "It is great news that the CMA has approved our acquisition of EE. We are pleased they have found there to be no significant lessening of competition following an in-depth investigation lasting more than ten months."

"The combined BT and EE will be a digital champion for the UK, providing high levels of investment and driving innovation in a highly competitive market. I have no doubt that consumers, businesses and communities will benefit as we combine the power of fibre broadband with the convenience of leading edge mobile services. I look forward to welcoming EE into the BT family."