National Communications Authority of Ghana asked me to speak on the question: “Has digitization redefined the boundaries of market definition?” They didn’t ask if market boundaries change. That would have been too easy. Rather they asked if the boundaries of market definition change. My answer was, “Yes they have! And thus we should rethink market power.”
earthquakes, floods, and storms, staff of New Zealand’s Commerce Commission posted public submissions related to its recent letter of unresolved issues concerning the proposed merger between the country’s largest pay-television provider, Sky, and largest mobile (and second largest fixed-line) network operator, Vodafone. Whether the commission will grant clearance for the merger to proceed is assuming great significance internationally. The issues it deems relevant will surely become the grounds on which other nationally significant mergers, such as that proposed between AT&T and Time Warner, will be contested.
the proposed merger between the country’s dominant pay television operator, Sky Television, and its number-two fixed-line broadband provider, Vodafone, filed their submissions. The most prominent concern is that the merger would exacerbate Sky’s dominant position in sports content to a point where others are completely unable to compete. As the table below shows, Sky already has monopoly rights over the distribution of premium — and predominantly live — sports content in New Zealand, and critics are arguing that the merger will solidify this advantage even further. The coming response from the competition authority will be an important bellwether for content and internet service provider (ISP) mergers in countries with similar competition laws to New Zealand — including the United States.