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Canada’s $16 billion deal between Rogers and Shaw Telecom is in jeopardy due to antitrust concerns


OTTAWA—Rogers Communications Inc and Shaw Communications Inc., two of Canada’s largest wireless, television and internet companies, said on Saturday that the country’s antitrust watchdog intended to block their planned $16 billion merger and that they planned to go to court to save the deal.

Rogers and Shaw unveiled the planned deal last year, one of the most high-profile Canadian deals in years, and said the merger would help accelerate the rollout of 5G wireless service across the country. From the start, however, the merger was met with public skepticism, given concerns that Canada’s wireless sector was already too concentrated among a few companies.

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