Collateral damage to infrastructure based competition and investments caused by Almunia’s refusal to enforce EU antitrust law and block harmful mobile mergers (in Austria, Ireland, ... Germany?)
On TelecomTV: Ireland's mobile merger conditions inadequate and illegal say critics
A flash research note reacting on European Commission's decision granting conditional approval for the Hutchison-Telefonica merger in Ireland.
The problem as perceived by the telcos
The telcos proposed remedy
The policy challenge from in-market consolidation
The EU competition (merger) law hurdle
Almunia’s woolly compromise
Almunia’s Irish deal could be worse than nothing! It sounds like Google doesn’t it?
One step closer to on ex-ante wholesale access regulatory intervention in the mobile industry
So are consumers, infrastructure based competition, investments and open mobile internet access harmed?
So what will Almunia do in Germany?
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Digital Fuel Monitor 7th
May 2017 (updated 22.05.2017)
The state of 4G pricing, mobile data usage, spectrum usage, network capacity utilization and fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution. After its comeback in 2016, in 2017 unlimited mobile data goes viral and spreads to 22 countries. And while in competitive markets such as France and Denmark consumers can buy 100 or unlimited gigabytes for less than €30, in tight mobile oligopoly markets such as Portugal, Greece and Hungary €30 hardly buys any gigabytes. Europe’s mobile data divide widens further: 200x more gigabytes for €30 in smartphone plans, 600x more gigabytes in mobile broadband plans, 200x difference in median gigabyte prices, 40x difference in mobile data usage per capita and spectrum usage.
The market is changing. Mobile data pricing and network economics metrics and research reports for industry professionals