Perplexing towers logic: CMA minded to block CKH/Cellnex towers deal
12 January 2022
The CMA has provisionally found against the sale of CK Hutchison's (CKH's) UK towers rights to Cellnex.
Although the proposed deal increases towers competition relative to the status quo, the CMA appears to be concluding that it would prefer a deal that increases competition to an even greater extent.
The CMA should question whether it has come to the right decision given: the tenuous validity of its arguments; that its view is not shared by those that it is seeking to protect; and the potential significant implications for the mobile industry.