UK regulator now acknowledges aero-connectivity market dynamism, tentatively OKs Viasat’s Inmarsat purchase

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS —Britain’s competition regulator has cleared the proposed merger of satellite fleet operators Inmarsat and Viasat pending a final review of late-arriving comments from interested parties, saying its concerns about the merger’s effects on the in-flight-connectivity (IFC) market look to be unfounded.

Four months after forcing a Phase 2 in-depth review of the merger, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accepted that Intelsat Aviation, Panasonic Avionics and SpaceX Starlink and OneWeb, among others, will . . .

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