EU Commission approval of Viasat’s purchase of Inmarsat was the last regulatory barrier; deal to close within days

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission’s May 25 approval of Viasat’s acquisition of Inmarsat came more than a month earlier than the maximum 90-day in-depth-investigation period and validated what British regulators had already determined: The combined company will not become so dominant in in-flight connectivity (IFC) in Europe as to stifle competition.

The Commission’s main focus was the European Economic Area. But given the trans-regional nature of commercial airline connectivity, it also looked at the transaction’s effects outside . . .

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