February 27 (SeeNews) - Luxembourg-registered Slovenia Broadband has sought permission from Bulgaria's competition authority to acquire certain mobile, broadband and television assets of Bulgarian pay-TV and broadband services provider Bulsatcom, the antitrust watchdog said.
Slovenia Broadband intends to take over 167 Bulsatcom sites which provide physical infrastructure for the deployment of mobile base stations or other telecommunications equipment as well as elements for a fixed electronic communications network, the Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) said in a notice on Friday.
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Bulsatcom uses the targeted assets in television retail distribution, for the provision of fixed internet access, fixed voice telephone service and for colocation, or hosting of private servers in a data centre, for mobile networks, CPC said.
Slovenia Broadband is part of Netherlands-based multi-play telecoms and media services provider United Group, which owns mobile phone operator Vivacom and TV and radio broadcaster Nova Group in Bulgaria. In early 2022, Slovenia Broadband and Bulgaria's Telelink Business Services Group [BSE:TBS] gave up on a potential deal that would have seen the Luxembourg-registered company acquire control over the software services group.
In December last year, the CPC opened an inquiry into the acquisition of Bulsatcom by Sofia-based investment company Viva Corporate Bulgaria backed by businessman Spas Roussev.