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Ofcom suggests splitting spectrum auction due to market consolidation

U.K. regulator proposes withholding 60 MHz of spectrum for later sale; confirms reserve prices for 2.3-GHz and 3.4-GHz frequencies.


GSMA calls for rethink on EU's mobile M&A remedies

Lobby group says level of investment in new mobile tech, not the number of competitors, is biggest driver of retail price reduction.


AT&T brokers new spectrum deals

FCC reviews spectrum deals that would give U.S. telco more than a third of usable sub-1 GHz spectrum in certain markets.


French telcos pledge to wipe out mobile notspots by 2020

Rollout programme reportedly expected to cost €40 million per year.

20/05/15 hit by fresh net neutrality criticism

EFF warns Facebook's free Internet service could become a Web ghetto; activists accuse social network of building walled garden.


EU clears Orange's Jazztel acquisition

Orange agrees to facilitate entry of new fixed-line player in a bid to preserve competition.


AT&T CEO confident net neutrality rules will be tweaked

Randall Stephenson says U.S. telco will not pare back $18 billion network investment.


Russia confirms 1800 MHz auction

Comms minister OKs plan to auction off frequencies in nine Russian regions.


EE deal will enhance competition in UK, BT tells CMA

U.K. operator submits its proposed £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to the competition watchdog.


Thai telcos will spend €4.2bn rolling out 4G – study

Mobile operators to launch 4G services in Thailand in April 2016, regulatory head is quoted as saying.


Turkey confirms three-month 4G auction delay

Government pushes spectrum sale back to August in wake of president's call to skip straight to 5G.

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