Bundeskartellamt investigates Vodafone and Vantage Towers for hindering 1&1’s mobile network deployment

Germany’s antitrust regulator, Bundeskartellamt, initiated an investigation to assess whether Vodafone and Vantage Towers are violating competition law by hindering the deployment of 1&1’s mobile network in terms of radio mast utilization. While 1&1 and Vantage Towers agreed to share a significant number of antenna locations throughout the country in 2021, the delay in the provision of the agreed locations by Vantage Tower has affected the deployment of 1&1’s network and the antitrust regulator will investigate whether there are sound reasons for such a delay.