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C 232/2 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 24.7.

98

Notification of cooperation agreements


(Case No IV/37.123 — Metro Holdings Ltd)

(98/C 232/02)

(Text with EEA relevance)

1.ÚÙOn 30 June 1998 the Commission received a joint notification pursuant to Article 4 of
Council Regulation No 17Ø(Î) of various agreements signed between Energis plc and DTFT
Limited (a joint venture owned as to 50Ø% by Deutsche Telekom AG and as to 50Ø% by
France T~l~com) concerning the formation of a joint venture, Metro Holdings Limited. This
joint venture will act as a vehicle for the design, construction and management of telecom-
munications networks in metropolitan areas of the United Kingdom, starting initially with the
construction by Energis of a fibre optic network in the City of London. This will allow Energis
to extend its existing national network and offer DTFT direct access to business customers in
the United Kingdom. Metro Holdings has agreed to provide its entire available network
capacity to both Energis and DTFT, who will use their respective shares of such capacity to
compete with each other in providing telecommunications services to end users in the United
Kingdom.

2.ÚÙOn preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified cooperation
agreements could fall within the scope of Regulation No 17.

3.ÚÙThe Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on
the proposed operation.

4.ÚÙObservations must reach the Commission not later than 2 days following the date of this
publication. Observations can be sent by fax No (32-2) 296Ø70Ø81) or by post, under reference
IV/37.123 — Metro Holdings Ltd, to the following address:

European Commission,
Directorate-General for Competition (DG IV),
Directorate C,
Office 3/90,
Avenue de Cortenberg/Kortenberglaan 150,
B-1040 Brussels.

(Î)ÙOJ 13, 21.2.1962, p. 204/62.