Friday, 22 October 2021

Is the O2–Virgin Media merger bad for customers? CMA investigates

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Friday 22 January 21

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to probe the £31 billion operator merger following fears that prices could be raised for network use by virtual operators and backhaul leasing

Back in May 2020, mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media announced they were seeking to merge their operations for an enormous £31 billion.  The move seemed like a natural fit – each operator could provide the other with the infrastructure and customer base that they were missing, allowing O2 to enter the fixed market and Virgin to begin mobile operations…

Back in May 2020, mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media announced they were seeking to merge their operations for an enormous £31 billion.  The move seemed like a natural fit – each operator could provide the other with the infrastructure and customer base that they were missing, allowing O2 to enter the fixed market and Virgin to begin mobile operations…

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