Hungary has failed to resolve concerns about media freedom as the government has implemented “only a fraction” of the recommendations to deal with the issue, according to European Union Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
Verizon Communications Inc.’s effort to resolve its relationship with Vodafone Group Plc, potentially ending their wireless joint venture, would put it on a path to full ownership of the most profitable and fastest-growing major wireless carrier in the U.S.
Verizon Communications Inc. is working to resolve its relationship with Vodafone Group Plc this year, having weighed options that range from ending its wireless venture with its European ally to a full merger of the two phone companies, said people familiar with the situation.
Europe’s telecommunications companies are preparing to ask the European Commission to allow more mergers within individual countries in exchange for their backing for the regulator’s push to develop a regional market, according to people familiar with the matter.
Joaquin Almunia, the European Union’s antitrust chief, is starting to look like a tough guy as he prepares to block a third merger in his tenure, fine Microsoft Corp. and extract concessions from Google Inc.
The European Commission aims to support the region’s cloud-computing industry by encouraging governments to jointly buy software and computing resources on the Web, Digital Affairs Commissioner Neelie Kroes said.
Vodafone Group Plc and other telecommunication companies “will benefit” from draft European Union rules intended to reduce roaming fees, said Neelie Kroes, the vice president of the European Commission for digital agenda.