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Telecoms to merge

  • 2012-12-20
  • From wire reports

The owners of telecommunication and cable television companies Baltcom TV and Izzi are holding talks on merging the two companies’ operations, said their public relations managers, reports LETA.

In a joint statement to the media, the companies said that the goal of the pending merger is to focus the companies’ joint resources on further development of interactive services and the introduction of new, modern technologies. The companies have informed the Competition Council about their merger plans.

The structure and conditions of the deal are confidential, the statement reports.
The Competition Council’s representative Inita Kabanova told the Nozare.lv business portal that Baltcom TV and Izzi had informed the Council about their merger plans on Dec. 7, and that the Competition Council would have to take a decision on the matter by Jan. 7 next year.

“If the case requires in-depth analysis, the decision will be taken within four months from the day the application was received,” added Kabanova. Baltcom TV and Izzi announced that they were planning to merge in the summer of 2010, but the deal was eventually called off as the parties were unable to reach agreement on merger conditions.
Baltcom TV belongs to RPAX One S.A., Mackonar Impex Limited and state-owned Latvijas Valsts radio un televizijas centrs. Izzi belongs to the Luxembourgian company Contaq Latvian Cable Holding S.a.r.l.