M2 Telecommunications Group Limited - proposed acquisition of Commander Communications Limited's small and medium business assets

Acquirer(s)

  • M2 Telecommunications Group Limited

Target(s)

  • Commander Communications Limited

Summary

On 2 June 2009, M2 Telecommunications announced its intention to acquire all of the small and medium business assets and associated intellectual property of Commander Communications.

Market definition

The ACCC did not consider it necessary to form a definitive view on the relevant markets as the outcome of the competition analysis was considered likely to be the same regardless of whether a broader or narrower telecommunications services market was adopted.

Competition analysis

The ACCC considered that the proposed acquisition would be unlikely to result in a substantial lessening of competition for the supply of fixed voice, mobile or data services, including to small and medium enterprises, given that the merged firm is expected to be constrained by Telstra and Optus and, to a lesser extent, by the numerous smaller competitors that can offer a similar service.

Timeline

DateEvent
05/06/2009ACCC commenced informal review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
17/06/2009Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
18/06/2009ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.