REFILE-UPDATE 1-EU's Oettinger sees more European telecoms tie-ups
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* Europe has too many telecoms players -digital commissioner
* EU competition commissioner takes harder line
* M&A spree since 2013 has redrawn European markets
By Georgina Prodhan
FRANKFURT, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Mergers among European telecoms operators are likely to continue as regulators will increasingly assess markets in a global or regional rather than a national context, the European Union's digital economy commissioner said on Wednesday.
"I believe the consolidation process will continue - we have rather too many than too few companies in Europe," Guenther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Frankfurt.
His comments contrast with a tougher line taken recently by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has recently fuelled industry fears that a wave of consolidation in the sector could come to an abrupt stop.
Vestager, who took office last year, recently scuppered a Danish deal between TeliaSonera and Telenor over concerns it would lead to higher prices for consumers. Continuación...