The proposed merger between Rogers and Shaw was initially introduced on March 15, 2021
Canada’s competitors bureau mentioned a federal courtroom has issued an emergency keep that briefly suspends the nation’s competitors tribunal’s dismissal of its case towards Rogers Communications’ CAD20 billion ($14.8 billion) acquisition of Shaw Communications.
The competitors bureau famous that the suspension will stay in place till its software for a keep and an injunction is heard.
If the tribunal’s resolution stands, the merger will solely require the approval of federal Business Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne to go forward. Champagne just lately mentioned that he’ll wait till there may be readability within the authorized course of earlier than issuing a call concerning the proposed merger.
Final week, Canada’s competitors tribunal authorised Rogers Communications’ bid for rival operator Shaw Communications.
The ruling acknowledged the Rogers-Shaw merger after the sale of Freedom Cellular might not stop or reduce competitors or result in increased costs or a decline in high quality of service.
In July 2022, Rogers Communications mentioned it had delayed the deadline for its proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications to December 31, 2022, with the potential to increase it this deadline. Now the 2 firms mentioned they’ve agreed to increase the surface date of the proposed merger to January 31, 2023. The proposed merger had been initially introduced on March 15, 2021.
Canada’s competitors bureau initially placed on maintain Rogers’ proposed buy of Shaw, because it believed the deal would negatively influence competitors within the home telecom sector.
In August 2022, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications and Quebecor had entered right into a definitive settlement for the sale of Freedom Cellular to Videotron, a subsidiary of Quebecor. The concerned events additionally mentioned that the sale of Freedom Cellular would pave the best way for the institution of a “robust fourth nationwide wi-fi companies supplier”, one thing that might tackle the considerations raised by the Commissioner of Competitors and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Business concerning the Rogers-Shaw merger.
The brand new mixed enterprise of Videotron and Freedom Cellular can be able to launch a nationwide 5G providing, utilizing Videotron’s 3.5 GHz frequencies.
The Rogers-Shaw transaction has already been authorised by the shareholders of Shaw and the Courtroom of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee, however remained topic to assessment by the Competitors Tribunal and Competitors Bureau and approval by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Business.