Monday, 18 December 2017

Mind the gap...between state monopolies and hyper-competition

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 13 May 16

3UK/O2 merger block suggests that a healthy level of competition in a national mobile market will never be enough for Brussels.

Do we now live in a world in which there is no such thing as a sensible, sustainable level of competition? On holiday earlier this week, I was discussing the pros and cons of CK Hutchison's plan to merge 3UK with O2 in the U.K. with an elderly woman we happened to be sitting next to at dinner. Yes, I know how that sounds, but trust me when I say that she brought up the subject, which is itself something of a paradigm shift. A decade ago explaining to a stranger what my job entailed would have elicited the response "so, can I buy your magazine in Smith's?" or would have seen her turn to her – slightly deaf &ndash…

Do we now live in a world in which there is no such thing as a sensible, sustainable level of competition? On holiday earlier this week, I was discussing the pros and cons of CK Hutchison's plan to merge 3UK with O2 in the U.K. with an elderly woman we happened to be sitting next to at dinner. Yes, I know how that sounds, but trust me when I say that she brought up the subject, which is itself something of a paradigm shift. A decade ago explaining to a stranger what my job entailed would have elicited the response "so, can I buy your magazine in Smith's?" or would have seen her turn to her – slightly deaf &ndash…

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