Brussels, 28th November 2007
Tom Tom is active in navigation software and manufacturing of PNDs and is the market leader in the EEA. Tele Atlas is one of only two producers of navigable digital maps offering a complete coverage of Europe and North America (the other being U.S firm Navteq).
After a preliminary review, the Commission has identified serious doubts that the acquisition by TomTom of Tele Atlas might, in the light of the duopoly market for navigable digital maps and TomTom's strong position on the market for PNDs, lead to a significant impediment of effective competition within the EEA.
Navigable digital maps are essential inputs for producers of PNDs. The
proposed acquisition raises vertical competition concerns because TomTom
acquires one of the current two map suppliers that provide maps for the whole of
Europe. The Commission's in-depth investigation will focus, inter alia, on
assessing whether the transaction would increase the costs of other PND
manufacturers for navigable digital map or limit their access to these maps, and
as a consequence harm consumers.
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