Thursday, 29 June 2017

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

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Tuesday 26 May 15

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

The GSMA on Tuesday called on the European Commission to rethink its approach to mobile consolidation, after research concluded that investment in new network technology, rather than the number of market players, is the bigger driver of retail price reduction. A study carried out by Frontier Economics on behalf of the lobby group found that mergers typically encourage investment in areas like emerging technology because the combined entity is stronger financially and generates greater economies of scale…

The GSMA on Tuesday called on the European Commission to rethink its approach to mobile consolidation, after research concluded that investment in new network technology, rather than the number of market players, is the bigger driver of retail price reduction. A study carried out by Frontier Economics on behalf of the lobby group found that mergers typically encourage investment in areas like emerging technology because the combined entity is stronger financially and generates greater economies of scale…

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