Wednesday, 26 July 2017

What's next for the UK telco market post-BT/EE merger?

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 15 January 16

Everyone wants to have their say as the CMA gives the green light to the U.K.'s mega-merger.

Opinions are like elbows...everyone's got them. OK, that's not exactly how the saying goes, but this is a family Website. Given that knowing one's A from one's elbow isn't a requirement when it comes to sharing opinions, I have an inbox and various newsfeeds full of them today, in the wake of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) decision to green-light BT's £12.5 billion EE acquisition. Well, if everyone else has one, we at Total Telecom want one too, so here goes... While BT is celebrating the CMA's decision – it announced on Friday that it expects to complete the takeover on 29 January – as far as the rest of the industry is concerned, this is not the end, but just the beginning. The takeover transforms the U.K. from a market in which there are a number of fairly evenly-matched competitors into one in which there is a clear strong leader with a handful of followers…

Opinions are like elbows...everyone's got them. OK, that's not exactly how the saying goes, but this is a family Website. Given that knowing one's A from one's elbow isn't a requirement when it comes to sharing opinions, I have an inbox and various newsfeeds full of them today, in the wake of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) decision to green-light BT's £12.5 billion EE acquisition. Well, if everyone else has one, we at Total Telecom want one too, so here goes... While BT is celebrating the CMA's decision – it announced on Friday that it expects to complete the takeover on 29 January – as far as the rest of the industry is concerned, this is not the end, but just the beginning. The takeover transforms the U.K. from a market in which there are a number of fairly evenly-matched competitors into one in which there is a clear strong leader with a handful of followers…

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