Rogers says bureau’s opposition of Shaw merger goes against evidence in new filing

Rogers Communications Inc. states that the Competition Bureau’s opposition to the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. is not supported by the evidence.

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Friday’s filing by the telecom giant comes in response to the Competition Commissioner’s announcement in early May that the agency was looking to halt the $26 billion merger over concerns that the deal would “substantially prevent or reduce competition in wireless services”. “

Rogers says the commissioners have failed to properly assess the quantitative impacts of the merger and the potential the transaction has to offer.

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The company also said that the offer to sell Shaw’s wireless division under the Freedom brand should largely address the commissioner’s concerns about competition.

Rogers wrote in his filing, “To the extent that the transaction would produce any perceived competitive effect, they would be completely eliminated by the proposed division of independence.”

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